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’Strip All Night’ Exhibition Kicks off 24 Hour Comics Drawing Day!

i Sep 18, 2013 Comments Off by

Once a year, cartoonists around the world participate in 24 Hour Comics Day!

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The 24 Hour Comic is a ‘free drawing’ exercise designed to unlock creativity. Our Books has been facilitating this event since October 2008 to gradually introduce Cambodian artists to this unique exercise and the global comics community.

As with prior years, we offer participants a ‘Cambodian Variation’: One artist — one page — one hour of the day. Many Khmer artists have jobs, school, and family obligations, but all artists who have an hour to spare are welcome to join the fun!

For 2013, Java Arts Gallery will host an exhibition spotlighting five years of 24 Hour Comics called ‘Up All Night’ (Friday September 27th). Java will host the yearly drawing day on Saturday, September 28th from 8am to 8pm.

‘StripAll Night’ will feature professional and amateur art archived by Our Books Cambodia from prior drawing events at Java, Romeet Gallery and ‘The Living Room’, among others. http://www.facebook.com/events/162249207313002/

From its initial foray in 2008, Our Books has pioneered ‘The Cambodian Variation’ for busy artists. Since Khmer artists often have several jobs, school and family obligations, they were invited to select an hour of the day to complete a full 24 hours of drawings, reflecting daily life in Cambodia. A collection of these drawings (‘Our Day’) is in progress, and samples will be shown on the 27th.

’24 Hour Comics Drawing Day’ will start at 8:00 on Saturday September 28th. Coffee, art materials, food and a dedicated drawing space will be provided. For participants with children, a play room is available.

Last year’s session was a modest effort and closed early due to the King-Father’s Funeral.
This year, ‘Global’ 24 Hour Drawing day will fall October 05-06, during the nationwide Pchum Ben religious holiday. Comics from the event on the 28th will be exhibited immediately, and shared via social media on October 05th.

Java and Our Books welcome all participants, amateurs and professionals, to join our Friday exhibition and our Saturday drawing day. Feel free to draw and catch up with other artists, be it for a brief catch-up or a marathon session. Artist guides Sao Sreymao and Moeu ‘Vuth’ Diyadaravuth will be on hand to assist with tools and materials, and Our Books staff (Nhim Soknea, Kim Phally) will be available to scan artwork for display and exhibition.

Event Time: Up All Night: 6pm – 8pm, September 27, Java Arts
24 Hour Drawing Day: 8am Sept 27 to 8am Sept 28, Java Arts
Event Location: Java Cafe & Gallery, 56 Sihanouk Boulevard, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 (0)12 526 840 (John, Our Books)
+855 (0)92 95 71 71 (Soknea, Our Books)
+855 (0)17 626 207 (Klo, Our Books)

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Angkor Impressions

i Sep 12, 2013 Comments Off by


Our Books is pleased to be exhibiting new material by comic artist Cliodhna Ztoical at Rik Reay Gallery / noodle shop from September 13 to 27.

A cartoonist and animator of Irish origin, ztoical_background_blogMs. Cliodhna works in the field of commercial illustration, comics and animation. She has worked in Ireland, the UK and New York.

She studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin and comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

“Ztoical’s Comic Adventure 2013” brought her to Cambodia, where her sketches of Angkor Wat were drawn.

For more art and information, check out her web site, Ztoical.com.

Prum Vannak: Back To The Drawing Board

i Sep 3, 2013 Comments Off by

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In Pursat, artist Prum Vannak is hard at work on an autobiographical tale of his life away from home, trapped as illegal labor on a fishing ship. Labor trafficking is a huge concern for Cambodia, and we’re hoping his tale gets attention inside Cambodia as well as out to the world at large.

Vannak’s artwork will also feature in a presentation at TechCamp Phnom Penh, happening later this month.  Stay tuned for more from this prolific artist.  

Artist profile page: http://siewphewyeung.org.kh/artists/prum-vannak/

New at Rik Reay Gallery Space: Chan Pisey

i Jul 26, 2013 1 Comment by

Our Books is pleased to be exhibiting new material by comic artist Chan Pisey from Saturday July 27, to Sunday August 25, 2013.

One story – ‘Birthday’ – can be seen here and was specially created for the event.

My Birthday 01

My Birthday 02

Location: Rik Reay shop, 69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh.


Ms. Chan Pisey is a young Cambodian comic artist and visual artist.

She originally studied graphic design at Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang, and continued her study at the French Institute’s Vocational Training Center.

Her work has been published by Action Aid, Action IEC, Catholic Relief Services, Besdong Meas, Room To Read, SVA, SIPAR, JVC, Family Health International, CARE, CCCC, DRI and numerous other organizations.

Her work has been exhibited at Java Arts, Meta-House and Centre Culturel Français.  She has also taught drawing classes for children at various places including Monument Books.

She has also participated in artist workshops and activities including the [Re]Generations teaching and training program, and Cambodia’s annual ’24 Hour Drawing Day’.

In addition to having her educational comics and illustrations published by numerous NGOs, her original stories have been published by the [Re]Generations project.

The artist has new stories currently under development, some pages here are ‘works in progress’ that are exhibited for the first time.

For more information on her work, you can visit her artist profile page or contact PiseyChan65@Yahoo.com

‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ – Exhibition (July 01 -14), Rik Reay Gallery

i Jun 26, 2013 1 Comment by

This May in Thailand, Our Books staff joined Mekong ICT Camp. The Camp aims to train and network young IT practitioners via trainings and seminars.

During a ‘Mekong BarCamp’ knowledge exchange, a small workshop brought together diverse minds to create a small comic. Participants were urged to draw quickly, on subjects they enjoyed or strongly disliked.
Workshop participants reflected the Camp’s diversity, with participants from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, India and Laos.

Our very brief workshop was received enthusiastically and within a half hour of conclusion, these very simple comics were collected as a PDF, now available for download, sharable via a ‘Creative Commons’ 3.0 license.

The title of the exhibition reflects the workshop’s informal nature, and the irreverent enthusiasm of the participants.  Due to limited room at Rik Reay cafe/gallery space, pages will be changed every few days, and the entire exhibition will be available online via Flickr set and PDF.

Will there be more workshops like this to come? Expect it.

Comic PDF: http://db.tt/ox99Sisx
More on Mekong ICT Camp at : www.MekongICT.org

Mekong ICT Comic Workshop

Thanks to all participants and Mekong ICT staff! (Special thanks to ‘TazoChai’ for initial PDF.)
Cheers also to the Phnom Penh Post for spreading the word!
Photos of our very modest launch: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjGvdoZB

Note: Our Books is extending this exhibition by one week. Beginning Monday the 22nd of August, we will feature new artwork by Chan Pisey and Moeu Diyadaravuth.

Try Samphos Exhibition

i Jun 17, 2013 1 Comment by

From July 17 to 30th at Rik Reay gallery space: solo exhibition!


Ms. Try Samphos is a young Cambodian artist who creates visual art and comic art, utilizing traditional drawing and computer design. She has trained with Room To Read, SIPAR, and numerous education-related organizations including the Buddhist Institute.

Her diverse publication CV includes work with the Wildlife Conservation Society, PSI, Our Books, SIPAR and her own self-published imprint, Comics Art. She has also volunteered for the Cambodia Book Federation and assisted and participated in numerous workshops, seminars, trainings and art events.

She is one of a growing number of young artists who are familiar with traditional Cambodian culture and popular Khmer culture, speaking in her own voice with enthusiasm and innovation. This very brief exhibition shows a small sampling of her wide-ranging skills.

For more information on her diverse publications, you can visit her artist profile page at OurBooksCambodia.org or contact: Samphos2003@Yahoo.com.

An Equitable Exhibition

i Mar 18, 2013 Comments Off by

Currently exhibiting at Rik Reay gallery space: Art for Equity

Featuring illustrations produced for Equitable Cambodia, by Sen Samondara, ‘Vuth‘, and Tek Tevin.
Since 2006, Our Books has regularly worked to produce hundreds of illustrations to help explain Cambodia’s legal code.

Originally produced for Bridges Across Borders‘ Paralegal Manual, the illustrations have been recycled for numerous special interest publications. ‘BAB’ recently rebranded as ‘Equitable Cambodia‘, and has a wide range of programs and publications aiming to increase understanding and participation in Cambodia’s legal system.

This exhibition will run through April 30th and will rotate a variety of pictures by the featured artists.

Street 178, daily from 6am to 12 noon: #69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Prum Vannak art – from traffickee to honoree

i Mar 12, 2013 Comments Off by

Artist Prum Vannak has been a unique supporter of the anti-trafficking movement.  As a web exclusive for Our Books, he shares a few scenes from his eventful life in the last year.

After escaping from labor trafficking, Vannak’s friends in his rural Pursat village didn’t believe him. So he drew about it,  laboriously detailing his time trapped on a fishing boat.


“A lot of migrants are trafficked to work on fishing ships in the gulf of Thailand and Malaysia. They work day and night, with no time to rest.”

It didn’t go unnoticed. His expressive and heartfelt drawings took him to meetings, workshops and eventually recognition from the US State Department.


Workshop at Immigration Department in Taiwan, 2012.


Meeting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton



Publishers have taken interest in collecting the artist’s works as a graphic novel, and we’ll share more news as plans progress.   When he’s not busy fighting the good fight, Vannak is looking to branch out into commercial illustration.
You can read more about Prom Vannak on his artist profile page.

Our Books February Update

i Feb 28, 2013 Comments Off by

The beginning of this month saw us moving back to our office after the crazy traffic of the Royal Funeral. We quickly settled back into our routine, with the minor (and welcome) disruption of a new son for Office / Project Manager Soeun Klo!

We were pleased to welcome writer/critic Andreas Knigge from Germany, who had some comics projects to discuss. Our Books was represented at BarCamp Angkor in a talk on e-books and e-comics!  Work also continued on the Our Day Anthology and collation of artwork for a new exhibition.

We wrapped up February with the premiere of our exhibition space at ‘Rik Reay’ restaurant on Street 178, 69c, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Our premiere exhibition featured art from ’24 Hour Comics Day 2012′ by Sao Sreymao, Veejay Joson, Peou Ty, Seng Visal, Kim Phally, Sin Yang Pirom, and Chan Pisey.

Stay tuned for more art and comics news at OurBooksCambodia.org!

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Soft Launch: Exhibition Space, Street 178 – ’24 Hour Comics Day, 2012′

i Feb 28, 2013 2 Comments by


(Above: drilling and setting up frames.)

(Above: “Hey, a comic!)

Press Release: Our Books is pleased to announce the ‘soft launch’ of our permanent exhibition space at ‘Rik Reay‘ Restaurant, Street 178, 69c.


Our first exhibition features art from ’24 Hour Comics Day 2012′ by Sao Sreymao, Veejay Joson, Peou Ty, Seng Visal, Kim Phally (Our Books Graphic Designer), Sin Yang Pirom, and Chan Pisey. (Running from February 28th to March 12.)

By exhibiting at a local Khmer restaurant, we aim to engage people with comics outside of a gallery context, as a part of their daily life.


Future exhibitions will feature a diverse selection of art, from NGO outreach projects to new creative efforts from local artists.

Rik Reay restaurant is open from 6am to 12 noon. For further exhibition inquiries, please get in touch with Our Books.

023 223 242 / 012 526 840