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KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Local comic book enthusiasts are in for a treat as three new comic books that offer a refreshing take on Malaysian life will be released soon.
Keropok Comics has announced that comic artists Michael Chuah, Nixon Siow and J&Y Productions are set to release “Office Survival”, “Like That Also Can, Ah: #ProblemsEverywhere” and “The Potato Couple” respectively.
All three comic artists gained popularity after they published their work on their respective social media platforms.
Founder of Keropok Comics, Daniel Khong, hopes to revitalise the local English comic scene in Malaysia with the publication of these new comic books.
“The market for local English comics has grown tremendously with Keropok Comics carving a niche for itself by publishing webcomics which have collectively sold more than 100,000 copies,” said Khong.
“Having worked with these three brilliant artists for the past year, we have decided to release all three titles at the same time as they complement each other very well and present a very insightful yet funny take on life in Malaysia.”
Chuah’s “Office Survival” painfully paints accurate yet comical office scenarios that everyone can relate to.
“I draw inspiration from my own experiences as well as stories told by friends and family. I hope my comics will bring laughter to those who are stressing out about their work life,” said Chuah.
“Like That Also Can, Ah? Vol. 2: #ProblemsEverywhere” is Siow’s second instalment in the series, following the huge success of his first book “Like That Also Can, Ah?”. His work illustrates the quirky yet hilarious scenes that most Malaysians experience on a daily basis.
“What we face every day as Malaysians is actually quite funny in a quirky sort of way. I hope that these comics will continually serve as a reminder to us about our ‘Malaysian-ness’ and how fun it is living in Malaysia.”
J&Y Productions’ “The Potato Couple” is the first published work of comic artist Jason Shyang. He has been gaining much attention from netizens with his online comics released under the brand name J&Y Productions as well as after he uploaded the “Chou Chou” or “BantalBusuk” comic strip on his Facebook page.
Shyang’s comic book is a compilation of annoying things about relationships and life in general. “I felt a little weird seeing my comics in a book, but I do hope that it will bring laughter and joy to the readers”
All three comic books are available exclusively at all Popular Bookstores nationwide and if you would like to meet the comic artists, you can head to the upcoming BookFest @ Malaysia 2016 where they are set to make an appearance.