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Art of Thai Comics: A Century of Strips and Stripes

Art of Thai Comics: A Century of Strips and Stripes


 Comics flourished following the publication of the first Thai comics strip in 1907. Artists borrowed elements from European and American publications, such as Punch magazine, and created uniquely Thai mash-ups. In the 1930s, one artist combined
E. C. Segar's Popeye with the codes of local 'likay' theatre, while another used the neoclassical realism introduced by Italian painters appointed at the Siamese court to give eerie form to the folklore pantheon of Thai ghosts. During the Cold War era, horror tales, anti-communist propaganda and socially engaged graphic novels bore witness to the country's darker years. Then, in the 1990s, Thai comics struggled to compete with the sudden influx of unlicensed manga from Japan that led to a disregard for local efforts and its current 'forgotten' status. After a hiatus, Thai comics made a comeback in the late '90s with a quirky, alternative scene that deserves wider international recognition.

  •  Paperback | 284 pages
  •  250 x 230 x 258mm | 1,348g
  •  Bangkok, Thailand
  •  English
  •  280 Illustrations, color
  •  6164510368
  •  9786164510364

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