A heap of hefty drawing effort going on at Phare Ponleu Selpak Art School in Battambang.

Just what are they up to? That’s why I’m taking the 7:00 am bus (and my laptop, and my scanner).


Battambang may be the second largest city in Cambodia, but it used to be the third largest. In the 1970s and 1980s the high population in the Thai border refugee camps ranked it number three.

Like most provincial capitals, Battambang is an island of urbanization amidst a sea of agriculture. We’ll see what fish can be caught. Many of the students at this school complete their drawing/music/circus classes and go directly back to farming.

Looks like some good comics are being produced; – our Lisa Mandel seems to have been busy. More details to follow.

Tags: Comics Cambodia

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