24 Hour Comics Day – 2009

October 2nd, 2009

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Once a year, cartoonists around the world participate in 24 Hour Comics Day! Java Café & Gallery will host a Cambodian contingent joining cartoonists all over the planet who are attempting to draw 24 pages in 24 hours.

The 24 Hour Comic is a ‘free drawing’ exercise designed to unlock creativity. Our Books has been developing Project: 24 since October 2008 to gradually introduce Cambodian artists to this unique exercise and the global comics community.

This year marks the first time Cambodian comic artists will attempt to ‘go the distance’ for a full drawing day. Cambodian and overseas artists are welcome to join the drawing marathon at Java Café’s new downstairs space, beginning at 8am SHARP October 03.

Art supplies, paper and coffee will be provided until 8am the following morning. One-page efforts from 2008 will be posted as example and incentive for this year’s effort.

All artwork will be posted as it is finished on the walls of Java Café, to be exhibited for the following month. A live webcam linkup and Twitter feed will be accessible via http://www.javaarts.org . Staff from Cambodia’s comics nonprofit Our Books will be on hand to scan pages and assist overall documentation of the event.
• Artists: bring your ideas and enthusiasm, we will see who makes it to 8am the following morning!
• Amateurs: all nationalities are welcome, regardless of your skill level, please feel free to give it a try!
• Enthusiasts: enjoy reading comics? Check in on use in person or via the web to see art in action and cheer us on! We’ll need all the encouragement we can get!
• Pages will be on sale for $24 a page, at the discretion of the artist. (We request that they remain on display at Java for the following month’s display.)

As with the previous year, we offer participants a ‘Cambodian Variation’: One artist – one page – one hour of the day. Many Khmer artists have jobs, school, and family obligations, but all artists who have an hour to spare are welcome to join the exhibition!

‘Best of’ pages from 2008 and 2009 will be collected in a photocopied ‘zine’ collection and archived on the web as a ‘Who’s Who’ of contemporary Khmer comic art by Our Books, as well as sent to the permanent 24 Hour Comics archive.

Event Time: 8am Saturday October 03 to 8am Sunday October 04, 2009.
Event Location: Java Café & Gallery, 56e1 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Event on Facebook:

+855 (0)12 526 840 (John, Our Books)
+855 (0) 12 894 180 (Dana, Java Café)

For more information, updates and background, to follow shortly at http://www.javaarts.org !


Bucheon International Festival of Comics (Part 01)

September 29th, 2009


Doin’ my best to spread the good word about Cambodian comics & Our Books at South Korea’s Bucheon International Comics Festival (BICOF), with a talk on Cambodian comics history.

Pungent Food


So many comics, so much art, so many cool people, so many bottles of Soju!

Stay ‘tooned for short comic précis, to be drawn during our upcoming 24 Hour Comics Drawing Day. Same day as Barcamp Phnom Penh! Yow!


Video: http://www.youtube.com/comicslifestyle


Tags: cambodia,comics,korea


Postal Rate Hike: Good for business, bad for zinesters

September 21st, 2008

>From Zine World:

Postal Prices are going up. This is worrying – a lot of ideas fundamental to the internet were seeded on the PaperNet.

This small change in rates raises the price of free expression:

At the post office today, I got an ugly surprise: The Postal Service
has discontinued Bound Printed Matter as an option for folks like us. I
mean, they really discontinued it this time (not just telling us
it wasn’t available like they have in the past). Here’s info from the USPS
website (emphasis mine):

DMM Revision: Postage Payment for Bound Printed
Matter Limited to Permit Imprint

In March, we filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission
for a classification change requiring all mail­ings of Bound Printed
Matter be paid by permit only. The Commission agreed, and we are moving
forward with the change.

Effective September 11, 2008, the Postal Service™ is
revising the Mailing Standards of the United States
Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 363, 364, 365, 366, 463, 464, 465, 466, and
604 for all Bound Printed Mat­ter (BPM). Postage payment for all
BPM mailings: carrier route, presorted, and nonpresorted
(single-piece) flats and parcels, regardless of volume, are
limited to permit imprint. Mailers can no longer affix
postage by adhesive stamps, postage meter, or PC Postage®. BPM will not be accepted at retail counters,
in collection boxes, or by car­riers and must be deposited and
accepted at the Post Office™ facility that issued the

In other words,  you can no longer, as an individual, use Bound
Printed Matter for individual mailings sent with stamps or printed
postage. I have more information about how to use Bound Printed Matter,
with permit, posted at the Zine World

Much like the changes made last year for discount mailings for
periodicals (see Zine World
#25 for details), these changes raise barriers for small publishers,
and therefore inhibit dissemination of information by mail. If this
ticks you off as much as it does me, I hope you will contact the Postal
Service and complain:

1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) — select More Options

Policy and Program Development, USPS Headquarters


Postmaster General Jack Potter

475 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Washington DC 20260-0010

We will be updating our U.S. Postal
Rates sheet and the Zinester’s Guide to
U.S. Mail within the next few days.


Zine World: A Reader’s Guide to the
Underground Press
PO Box 330156 * Murfreesboro TN 37133

World #26 now available! $4 US, $5 Canada

ZAPP Zine Archive

September 12th, 2008
Dear Friends of ZAPP,
Iʼm writing this letter to let you know about the upcoming reopening of ZAPP on September 13th in a brand new space in the top floor of Richard Hugo House.  ZAPPʼs doors have been closed far too long for the lively zine and artist community that Seattle has, and Iʼm proud to say that we can once again be able to offer this amazing resource to the community.
As you may know, ZAPPʼs collection is estimated to be the largest archive of independent publications in the world; only through the donations and support from the community of zinesters and readers can we grow and continue to occupy this unique and valuable niche.
Since the beginning of the year, new volunteers and interns have been working hard to get the archive adapted to the new space so we can open in September.  Some of the biggest feats so far have been re-shelving the original collection, designing a new work space, and creating a ZAPP committee.
As always, the growth of such a zine library hinges mostly upon the continuing donations from self publishers, but just as importantly, support from passionate volunteers.  Whether you have donated your zine to the archive or have offered your time to help keep ZAPPʼs doors open, we value the support that youʼve shown in the past, and we hope that you take the time to join us in September to make a memorable event.
The official date of the reopening is Saturday, September 13th.  It kicks off with an open house in the afternoon from 3 to 7.  There will also be a Zine Reading Open Mic at 6, and I encourage you to bring your favorite zine or your own work to share with everyone.  There also be Zine Library tours, media shows, and refreshments.
Thanks for all your support,



‘Airs and Graces’

August 6th, 2008

Come by and see Melbourne’s homegirl show her art at Java Café this Thursday:

OPENING AT JAVA CAFE & GALLERY – 6pm, Thursday, 7th of August

airs & graces an exhibition by Australian contemporary artist Ali Sanderson: www.javaarts.org

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