Late last year, MatKomik (an online portal for Malaysian cartoonist’s) launched their yearly challenge, Cabaran Komik Online Malaysia. Participants were invited to submit a ten-page silent comic. Silent comic here refers to comics with no dialogue (with the exception of effects such as Swoosh, Pow etc). The theme was Hero / Adiwira / Penyelamat.
The outcome? Hero #1, Hero #2 and Cun#2. Three wonderful comics published by Komik-M (an established Malaysian comic publisher).
The collaboration between Komik-M and MatKomik has given opportunity for fresh to emerge in the local scene. Mat Komik has been around for sometime and provides a portal where users can submit and share their own comics. But having these comics in print and available at bookstores is a step up for these budding talents.
The silent comic challenge has created a series of comics that transcend the language barrier. You get wonderful comics that can be read by anyone! This is a wonderful move providing ample opportunity for these to be picked up by anyone.
They are also affordably priced at RM7.90 each and can be purchased at most major bookstores as well as online at the PTS Online Store.
The only downside I feel is the fact that these comics are yet again hidden in many established bookstores. You’d have to go over to the teens / children comic section to actually find a copy. So if you can’t find them at your local bookshop, try to purchase it online. Kudos to Komik-M and MatKomik and definitely looking forward to more such publications in the future.