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[Feb. 5th, 2005|02:22 am]
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Veeeeery interesting insight on the malaysian comic industry.
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[User Picture]From: dangerism
2005-02-04 06:53 pm (UTC)
... but actually it's the same old debate, printed all over again, this time Lat's going against Art Square's philosophy ( I remembered him once concerned with the much MAD-influenced Gila-gila some time back then).

My problem with Dato' Lat's statement is that he seems to insist on every comic-artist to put 'Malaysian culture' into their work. While it does have its moot-points, you can't expect every living person in Malaysia write Kampung Boy stories. Then, what would you be famous for, Dato' Lat? If it's about subtly inserting culture into contemprary stories, then Aimo's Fate and Destiny spin on Malaccan history would be a great reference.

I think many of the old guards of Malaysian comic don't realise why manganime's so appealing to today's generations is the fact that you can put humour, seriousness, action and emo-emoness using the same stroke. Try doing that with any of our local 'humour' cartoons.
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[User Picture]From: obsidianmcnight
2005-02-04 07:00 pm (UTC)
From what I gather, what he said was that Malaysian artists should try to develop their own style rather than adopting the style of other countries' art. Also, most of the local comics I've read (popular ones that actually get published for, hah, having MANGANIME ART) are shit.
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[User Picture]From: darkkof
2005-02-06 12:56 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think if the local comic scene would just... you know... keep the setting Malaysian, would be cool enough rather than make the setting be in Japan, or something... I mean, yeah, some comics, sure, but not all...

But then, I'm also the guy who came up with Gomen Nasai and Chibi Kataoki and Demon Hunter, which are set in Japan (though, Chibi Kataoki is a sequel to Gomen Nasai, so it might count as one setting) so i really can't say much...
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[User Picture]From: darkkof
2005-02-06 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, by Malaysian, I don't mean Kampung Boy, I meant Malaysia in general...
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[User Picture]From: dangerism
2005-02-07 07:23 pm (UTC)
Hey, don't discount the fact you made Wargica and Rumble Fall featuring Malaysians (although Wargica is in stasis and only 1 chara in Rumble Fall is one :P)
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[User Picture]From: darkkof
2005-02-08 05:52 am (UTC)
Eh heh, Rumble Fall isn't even set on earth, so it's better to have one earthling malaysian then none in that comic ^o^

And Wargica's returning... in the biggest way possible...
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[User Picture]From: dangerism
2005-02-04 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha. That's true too (you're statement includes myself as well T_T). The trouble with ArtSquare's direction is that the comics must be done in 2 weeks time, so you can see what happens to the art and the page count. A typical Japanese manga would be at least 8 pages. Another thing is Malaysians tend to NOT study humour (and the art of making jokes) at all. Forced humour is incredibly painful to read. X_X
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