Call them humorists, social commentators, or simply witty artists. What does it take to be a cartoonist or comic artist in Southeast Asia, through history, and today? Hear from these speakers about the many twists and turns in the lives of these artists from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the social taboos they broke through with their art, and the inspiration they spark in contemporary artists and readers within and beyond the region.
This programme is supported by ComXNaut Studios and Sing Lit Station.
Toni Masdiono was born in 1961, and started working as an artist since 1978 as a cartoonist and illustrator for some publications. After college, he also worked in some artsy fields eg. advertising, garment and apparel, publishing, printing, also lecturer and art trainer. Since 2019, he fully works as an artist. He published his own how-to books since 1998. His first graphic novel published in 2019, a silent comic titled Karimata 1890, his second works published in 2020: Gurniti.
CT Lim writes about history and popular culture. He is the Singapore country editor for the International Journal of Comic Art.
Mohammad Nor Khalid, also known as Lat, is Malaysia's foremost cartoonist, celebrated for his well-known work, The Kampung Boy. With over 20 published cartoon volumes to his name, Lat was honoured with the title of Datuk by the Sultan of Perak in 1994, acknowledging his role in fostering social harmony and understanding through his artwork. In July 2023, the Rumah Lat Gallery in Batu Gajah, Perak, was inaugurated to showcase the works and archives of this renowned Malaysian cartoonist.
Viency Lee is an editor at Asiapac Books, an independent Singaporean publisher of comics and books on culture and heritage. She is also the host of COMIX.SG's Red Dot Comics Den, Singapore's first-ever podcast on local comics and comic creators. She focuses on applying her multidisciplinary education in literary studies, digital animation, and creative writing towards writing and editing comics, fiction, and non-fiction.