Comics Cambodia

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Exposition Continues

So you may be asking, where did the art go? The French Cultural Centre has knocked down a wall to make more room for its book festival, Lire en Fete. The Exposition panels will be back up shortly, and the childrens' art is still at Cafe CCF.

On November 4, 5 and 6 come to Centre Culturel Français to see the artists in person as they meet the public and publishers at Lire En Fete. And those of you overseas, here is a look at this weekend's Cambodge Soir writeup. (Thanks Francois!)

Lire en Fete information

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Cafe CCF

is worth a peek for the childrens' art featured there! It's from Phare Ponleu Salapak Art School in Battambang, where Sylvain Moizie and Lisa Mandel ('Sept Mois Au Cambodge') have taught.

Thanks to Piseth and Sereiroath for their help!

And speaking of Phare, Tor Vutha and Mao Soviet have brought down an 'Emaki' box to explain the art form to the students at the French Cultural Centre, Phnom Penh!

More pictures to follow!

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Rencontre / Encounter


Our Rencontre (Encounter) was a success! Our panel included Uth Roeun (Association of Cambodian Artist Friends),Dr. Alain Daniel (EFEO) (above)

Y Lida (Art Teacher, Royal University of Fine Arts)

Neth Sokunthea (Cambodian Book Sector Federation, above), and Lim Santapheap, SIPAR.

One effort in particular is archiving old comics, some amazing samples of which have been provided by Dr. Daniel.

Here's CCF Librarian Pierre Andryc,

looking happy with our list of recommendations, which you can see in
French and English.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Exposition Launch

Exposition Launch

Exposition is up!

Dozens and dozens of people, a fun and appreciative crowd. Most of the Exposition artists were there, and in the introduction CCF Director Guy Issanjou invited all to the Rencontre on Saturday.

Many thanks to Sopheap for getting us in gear, and Piseth and Sereiroath's tireless efforts. Cheers also for last minute assist from Geraldine, Korine and other CCF folks.

Apologies, no pictures of opening, spent most of it talking and explaining!

Exposition summary, English

If your French or Khmer is a little rusty, here's a 'Cheat Sheet' covering the various artists and displays.

More news and details to follow.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Bande Dessineé Au Cambodge / Comics of Cambodia

Here's Piseth and Sereiroat getting our exhibit together.

Exposition opening Friday October 22, 6:30 pm; French Cultural Centre.

Featuring artists Uth Roeun, Hul Sophon, Em Satya, Or Yuthea, Im Sokha,Soeung Makara, Heang Kanol, Nhek Sophaleap, Vit Tharin, Sen Samandara, Hong Bora and many more. See their classic stories of romance, legends, humor as well as 'nonprofit comics' and new, unpublished stories!

Also included is a display of art from students at Battambang's Phare Art School, and samples from foreign artists who have worked in Cambodia.

The Exhibition will be open from October 22 to November 6. Rencontre in French and Khmer Saturday October 23, 10:00am at the French Cultural Centre's Cinema.

Hear what comics scholars and professionals think about the state of the art!Introduction by Professor Alain Daniel. Children's Workshop and display of Kamishibai/Emaki by teachers from Phare Art school at CCF's library, in Khmer and French, on October 28th. 8:30 to 11.30 am. It's all a part of the French Cultural Centre's Lire en Fete, which will see publishers, authors and artists exhibit their works on November 4, 5 and 6.

For more information:

Tuesday, October 05, 2004


Spreading the Word

Centre Culturel Français just came out with its brochure.

Click above for the cover, or below for
French sommaire
Khmer summary.

Looks like launch is 22nd in the PM, and Recontre-débat 23rd 10 AM.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Korean Festival

Korean Festival

Sharing information on a few artists for the Bucheon International Comics Festival in Korea. (October 17th). Joelle Kim is working hard to get a good representation of global comics, sounds good!
Hope this is the springboard for more exchange in the future. (Hey, we're already on the Exhibitor index!)