Extra characters are set to take centre stage in Zunar’s latest book

All images credit: Zunar Cartoonist Fan Club Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar is set to launch his latest cartoon book this week! Titled, “TWIT TWIT, CIN CIN”, the title is derived from the tiny extra characters or symbolism that the cartoonist has been known to insert into his satire pieces frequently. “Twit-Twit and Cin Cin are two unique, prominent extra characters that appear in my cartoons everyday. “Even though they are small in size, but they carry strong reminders to the people in a country dubbed as Kangkong Land,” Zunar says through a press statement on his website today. He adds...

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More than 80 artists contribute artworks, turning this coffee shop colourful!

All images credit: Mr Coffee Seed It is a well known fact that arts, coffee and dessert go extremely well together. In Malaysia, there are ample of cafes which serve delicious warm coffee for artists to laze around and doodle. But very rare you’d find cafes showcasing and selling works of local artists. Enter Mr Coffee Seed, a coffee shop run by young parents, Tan Kai Lee and her husband, Calvin Seet. Recently, the 30-year-olds – hey, that’s the same age as us! – got together 108 artworks by 88 artists, all of which were displayed in the seven walls of...

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CERPEN | Cancang Matanya oleh Abdullah Hussaini Mohd Ghazali

Kredit gambar: tate.org.uk Aku memeluk erat ibu. Lama aku dakapnya dan aku boleh dengar dengusan nafasnya yang tidak stabil. Aku lepaskan dan pandang wajahnya. Dia kelihatan risau. Wajahnya seperti hendak mengatakan ‘Kau akan baikkah?’ atau ‘Jangan buat perkara bodoh selepas ini.’ “Jangan risau ibu. Tahulah Su menjaga diri.” Kataku cuba menenangkannya. Aku lihat adik di dalam kereta seperti tidak sabar-sabar hendak bergerak meninggalkan aku di stesen bas ini. Dia hinggutkan kepalanya dan mencemeh muka padaku. Hisy. “Biar ibu carikan calonnya.” Kata ibu. Terkejut juga aku. Nyata sangkaan aku salah. “Tak apalah ibu. Su lagi suka macam gini.” Kataku. “Hmm, ya...

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Megha Duta | Kesudahan oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Baca bahagian-bahagian terdahulu di sini. Kisah yaksa yang menyampaikan pesanan kepada gumpalan awan untuk disampaikan kepada yaksi sudah sampai ke penghujung. Apakah awan berkenaan akan bersetuju untuk menjadi utusan? Apakah pula reaksi yaksi apabila menerima perkhabaran daripada yaksa? Sloka 51 – “(Kata yaksa🙂 Pada suatu masa dahulu, kita sedang berdua-dua di atas katil dan engkau tertidur sambil memeluk leherku. Tiba-tiba, engkau terbangun dan mula menangis dengan kuat. Apabila aku bertanya berulang kali, akhirnya engkau berkata sambil ketawa kecil: ‘Engkau memang jahat! Dalam mimpi tadi, aku ternampak engkau sedang berasmara dengan orang lain!’” Sloka 52 – “Wahai yaksi bermata hitam!...

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Mengapa Joe Hasham mengarah karya Inggeris “Betrayal” dalam Bahasa Melayu?

“Produksi ini adalah antara yang paling mencabar dalam hidup saya,” kata Joe Hasham di dalam pejabatnya di Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). Saya duduk di hadapan beliau lalu mengkaji raut wajahnya buat sementara. Di sini seorang lelaki yang sudah berpengalaman hampir 50 tahun sebagai seorang pelakon, pengarah dan penerbit pelbagai produksi teater dan iklan – juga adalah lelaki pertama di dunia yang berani memikul watak homoseksual dalam sebuah siri televisyen Number 96, di negara asalnya, Australia, (pada masa yang agak kontroversi untuk mana-mana lelaki berbuat sedemikian) – namun kini mengaku pementasan beliau kali ini, iaitu “Betrayal” oleh Harold Pinter akan mencabar?...

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A Sarawakian artist is behind these dreamy mermaid artworks

Artwork by Ellie Yong When legendary animator Tom Bancroft issued a challenge last year to artists to draw mermaids everyday for the month of May, little did he realise that the challenge would become an annual global affair. Dubbed #MerMay, the challenge is now in its second year and there is a possibility it might be the next big thing after #Inktober. In Malaysia, there is one artist who has been drawing gorgeous mermaids diligently everyday this entire month. A post shared by Ellie Yong (@elliethopia) on May 9, 2017 at 8:41pm PDT A post shared by Ellie Yong (@elliethopia)...

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Artist turns cats into brightly coloured pop culture icons!

All images credit: I am May From David Bowie, to Slash, to John Lennon, artist I am May transforms cats into well loved pop culture and rock icons! Let’s see if you can guess some of the famous figures below. May, as she calls herself, uses markers, paint markers and paint on canvas to create these funky looking feline rockstars. “I also drew cats in various other forms as well – in almost every demeanour of life – along with some cat puns,” she shares with us. Colours play a huge role in her artworks, with May always opting to...

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POETRY | XXX’s Interlude by Deborah Wong

The Lady And The Boy by Ayan Ghoshal I was never yours ’til the mid of spring, Your love for English & French literature, while Dylan Thomas taught me ‘Don’t Go Gentle into the Good Night’.   The tattoos on the nape of your bare neck, your sweat-dripping torso and porcelain shoulder blade, they’re just too beautiful beyond compulsion.   The man in you preaches respect, while your inner child craves for wanderlust. Your name is the new password unlocking my pride, stripping away my agony.   Time is no more the enemy that set to pull us apart,...

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SHORT STORY | A Touch of Perfection by Elly Van Dalen

Image credit: Pinterest I need to fly. I need — no — I want to be in the spacecraft and feel myself hover above Earth and let myself be free. As a child, I pondered over books way past midnight, with a torchlight underneath the bedsheets, studying the planets and trying to discover unchartered stars. And yet, despite my high test scores in school, the high powers still deemed me unqualified and an invalid. Invalid, imperfection; born out of love, they said, unlike my younger sister, Cassandra. Even at birth, she had the nurses cooing over her in the...

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Megha Duta | Bahagian 26 oleh Uthaya Sankar SB

Baca bahagian-bahagian terdahulu di sini. Pesanan yaksa kepada yaksi disampaikan melalui gumpalan awan (megha) yang diminta menjadi utusan (duta). Yaksa mengajarkan ayat-ayat yang perlu digunakan oleh gumpalan awan itu apabila ia tiba di Alaka nanti dan berjaya bertemu yaksi. Sloka 45 – “(Kata yaksa🙂 Dengan menggunakan batu-batu mineral pelbagai warna, aku melukis rupa engkau pada permukaan batu. Aku melakukan kerja itu dengan perasaan marah yang muncul akibat cinta dan rindu aku kepada engkau.” “Aku juga cuba melukis gambaran diriku terbaring kaku (tidak bernyawa) di kaki engkau. Malangnya, air mata mula bergenang dan mengaburi pandangan. Takdir dan nasib tidak membenarkan...

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Father of Malaysian Animation? Meet him in person in Ipoh!

Remember that old Malaysian cartoon, called Hikayat Sang Kancil that used to air on local TV? I was one of the 90’s kids who used to watch it and my favourite part was when the monkey in the stories, ate the spicy chillies despite being warned by Sang Kancil not to. The way the steam blew out of his ears was just hilarious and it became a play-acting game that my brothers and I loved to re-enact. I never knew the artist behind this memorable cartoon, until I found out recently, that he will be in Ipoh for a workshop this Saturday (May 20),...

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Sasterawan Kavyan – Bahagian 5

Sumber imej: Uthaya Sankar SB Jumlah penulis kaum India yang menghasilkan karya Bahasa Malaysia tidak ramai. Walau bagaimanapun, kelompok ini yang dikenali sebagai Sasterawan Kavyan tetap memberikan sumbangan besar dalam mewarnai bidang penulisan di negara ini. Bagi memastikan data dan fakta yang dimuatkan dalam siri esei ini adalah betul dan tepat, saya menghubungi sekitar 20 orang Sasterawan Kavyan. Daripada jumlah itu, 13 individu tampil mengisi borang soal selidik yang diedarkan. Secara umum, para Sasterawan Kavyan memanfaatkan penguasaan bahasa yang dimiliki untuk berkongsi maklumat mengenai budaya, cara hidup, amalan, pemikiran dan permasalahan hidup kaum India untuk tatapan pembaca pelbagai kaum....

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