"It's only through writing that I've ever been able to suppress life's personal disappointments. When I can't write I feel anxious and out of sorts and am easily riled, though I'm usually able to control my emotions..."
- Pramoedya Ananta Toer (The Mute's Soliloquy: A Memoir)
["Hanya dengan menulis aku mampu menekan segala kekecewaan peribadi hidup. Bila aku tidak menulis, aku merasa cemas & tidak keruan serta mudah gusar, walau selalunya aku bisa mengawal emosiku..."]

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Ramai dok tanya apa dah jadi dengan Fakhrul Anour ni? Senyap jer tak melukis komik. Dah jadi 'THE COFFIN' ke?! Excuse me weihhh! Hidup lagi kawan ni. Sebenarnya, Ayour bukan taknak melukis, memang nak produce komik² baru. Memang dah ada dah stok² komik kat rumah tu untuk di submit kepada Slaium (Editor Komik GEMPAK STARZ™). Dia (Slaium) pun dah tengok & dia sendiri dah fed up nak tunggu. Lagi fed up tentulah Mr. Botak. Namun trimas kepada diorang yang sabar jer memandangkan alter ego Fakhrul Anour iaitu Ayour tengah busy dengan projek² baru GEMPAK STARZ™. Apa² hal where was I back in 2007, 2006, 2005 & 2004?! Haaa... Don't ask... just check over it at http://www.myspace.com/fakhrulanour

Dalam tempoh 30 minit, Ayour siap warnakan artwork yang Ayour lukis untuk salah 1 cerpen kolum Pentas Realiti back in.... errr 2003? Guna Adobe Photoshop jer...


8 years in this Malaysia Comic Industry, 1 thing I have to say... I'm lucky to be here with Art Square Group who really works their best to ensure that our local comic industry grows larger not only in our own land but also to other region. Started with GEMPAK™ magazine 10 years ago, there are pros & cons but I'm grateful nothing can breakdown the majority of souls in this team. Whatever people said or demands that we have to bare, slowly we are making progress & improvement. There are things we need to sacrifice but with God's will, we are moving forward & POPCORN™ is our latest prove.

With local price of RM15.90, do u think it's expensive? In my years of experience, with a comic magz with such printing quality & size, I would say this is affordable. Browsing at Kino looking for similar magz with such price, only POPCORN™!

10 years GEMPAK STARZ™ has been doing comic magazines for majority readers of 7 - 25 years old, Mostly for casual readers who prefer fun drawing & commercial storyline. Now after long demands from our local profesional comic artists, finally we published an international standard magazine only for such artists. Most importantly, we not only prefer to buy the artworks & own the copyright but we also publish artworks for those who doesn't want to sell it so they can own the copyright (but free promotion!). Clearly said, POPCORN™ can be your platform to promote your high quality talent in a bigger level. For GEMPAK STARZ™, all we have to do is to ensure that POPCORN™ can reach where we want it to be reach... even US market!

More on POPCORN™ in GEMPAK™ issue 215 (1st November 2008) & issue 216 (15th. November 2008). Especially during its' first launched during '100% GEMPAK STARZ™' exhibition at Dasein Academy, Wangsa Maju, Setapak KL.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Seriously 8 years in this publishing line, as GEMPAK™'s sub-editor then editor, I guess my 1st job doing interview with celebrity was somewhere in 2002 (if not mistaken!). It was with Jason Lo at Snychrosound Studios, accompanied by my former 2nd editor (Kit). Since then... I less fond of such interview when Jason read less comics & said he hardly read GEMPAK™ for he was not so fluent with Malay language. Oppss...! But u are a great celebrity Jason. I love your musics! I have both of your album. Was it 2?!

How about Siti Nurhaliza?! Nope! I just accompanied Hype!'s editor, Megat for the interview in Bangkok during MTV Asia Awards 2006. But I did interviewed Slank, Indonesia most legendary rock band. Trust me, my interview always turns to become like friends reunion.

Therefore same goes to my interview with Ananda Everingham & Ekachai Uekrongtham during their promotion tour of 'THE COFFIN' at Berjaya Time Square. Me accompanied by my 2 writers; Kero & Harry was the last group to be given an exclusive interview along with The Star Two team. Anyway, all I can say Ekachai Uekrongtham & Ananda Everingham are my cliques! They really talk about comic, manga, anime & videogames! Wanna find out more? I'll let u know soon.... where to get it!