If you’ve got a penchant for comics and cartoons then you’re in luck as the newly opened Malaysia Cartoon And Comic House in Taman Botani Perdana is packed out with original art, cartoon strips, sketches and editorials from across the decades, painstakingly detailing the nation’s comic book history and culture.
Launched during Cartoonists Day, which saw some 150 artists, animators and illustrators gather at the new premises, the gallery currently contains over 500 selected works (representing a mere 10% of the gallery’s archive!) dating from 1936-1990. This includes those from magazines such as Gila-Gila, Gelihati, Batu Api, Ujang and from selected newspapers including Warta Jenaka, Utusan Zaman and Datuk Lat’s classic Mat Sam comic book. A
The momentous occasion saw luminaries from the industry gather, including Tan Sri Johan Jaafar, Lat, Rejabhan, Zainal Buang Hussein, Jaafar Taib, Ustaz Dini and Alias@Sailawati, some of which hadn’t met in decades. Selected veterans were also awarded on the evening, honouring their contributions to the industry.
Many of the works on show have been loaned from private collectors and cannot be viewed anywhere else in Malaysia. Loosely designed to follow a chronological order, the gallery highlights each decade with selected works characterised by everything from fantasy and folk to sci-fi and romance. The Gila-Gila section in particular will be one of the main draws with a showcase of early editions and brief biographies of artists.