Archive for July, 2003

Kom Auie Knyom Deik Sruel

Sunday, July 27th, 2003

Kom Auie Knyom Deik Sruel

The comic was drawn at an internet cafe – there’s a reason this site is called ‘Quick Draw’. Lyrics I worked out on the bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.

It was during Khmer New Year (April) that I first heard the song. At a farewell party for one of German Apsara‘s restoration workers, everyone was dancing to this one.

Later my friend Alexandra looked for a copy and I asked her to get me one too: “Phek Aow Mindael Kheen Doh“. (Put on shirt never see take off). The verb ‘take off’ also sounds like the noun ‘breast’ so it’s an amusing bit of wordplay for listeners. The song is by a Khmer Surin performer – Cambodian language but from a province bordering Cambodia. The original CD subtitles were in phonetic Thai.

After Khmer New Year the song continued to be popular and was performed by no less (and probably more) than four other singers.

One singer did a song in reply: “Aow Thmei Min Kchei Doh“. (I have a new shirt, I won’t take it off for you to borrow). The first song was more popular with the men, the second appealed to women.

With the election coming up, it wasn’t long before political parties began appropriating this popular tune, and adding new lyrics. The result?

“I can’t sleep” Thomas complained; “it’s this election music starting early in the morning.”

Hence this comic, and the accompanying song.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on the song and more importantly, the election. Keep your eyes on this space for more informal information.

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Update: still quiet after the election, English lyrics are up! If you care about that sort of thing, that is.


Odds and Ends

Friday, July 25th, 2003

Word from Lisa Mandel: Phare (Battambang) Comics workshop is put off until September.

Link-a-links courtesy Comics Journalista:

Kyle Baker interview

Critical Commentary on the Comics Industry.

Jim Woodring Interview.

Tatiana Gill hits San Dee.


Silent No More

Sunday, July 20th, 2003

Silent No More is back up! Congrats!

Word from Athonk: Two comics shows in Indonesia.

Show #1:

arts n design faculty,we’ll invite you to come to our comics party in malang EndonEsa, oCtoBer 5- 10.

Show #2

august 24 a national convention, this is the big one comicus from all over indo.

More news as I hear it.


NZ’s comix battlers make the news.

Plus some kinda Japanese messageboard about Moomins. Crazy about ‘em over there.

You know those military card decks of Iraq’s most wanted? Now we’ve got ‘Hidden Agenda’ trading cards.


Join Our Reality

Saturday, July 19th, 2003

You know those ‘reality’ TV shows like ‘Big Brother’, ‘Road Rules’, ‘Real World’ etc? Was squizzing the producer sites for a few of them for a comic idea and this logo was what I rean across. eugh.

Apparent Indo comics convention coming up. Watch this space.

Have just checked out ‘Mental Moon’ and ‘Ghost of Angkor Wat’ from Jerry Swaffield, who reportedly may be moving to Cambodia.

You heard it here first.


The sad facts for Eagle Scouts

Thursday, July 17th, 2003

The sad facts for Eagle Scouts

And on the current politics angle…

Go to for the frequently

asked questions about the CIA and read the last question about eagle


Hopefully the above picture is of a diagnostic facility….