"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, July 30, 2009


IPCC 2009 PITCHING DAY (30/07/09)

Interesting... again in this pitching I face the same jury (as last year) who came out with race issue. He purposely quoted on one of the artwork saying the artist should show the look of Malay by drawing character with the look of Malay. I questioned myself in the perspective as a comic artist, how can I draw someone with the malay look? The problem is he commented the issue on a Malay finalist with great artworks. The character wear Malay classic outfit, but he (the jury) thought the character drawing doesn't reveal much on the look of a Malay because the character has white hair and pale skin. Then I responded the old man looked like my late grandfather who had white hair and tough face feature just like the drawing. He totally disagreed & fought back with an anger, which then I just keep quiet because what's the use fighting for something I'm always right and majority agreed. In the name of Allah, who are you to label his creation in term of races?! Tawadhuk before you speak my brother.

This is Nizam Asaari, one of my favourite character I draw for my latest novel 'PENTAS REALITI: ASPIRASI SENI'. He's a Malay but does he looks like a Malay or can you simply describe a Malay by the way he looks? Anyway my name is Fakhrul Anour, I'm a Malay too and everytime I draw a character, my inspirations are people. For me the meaning of Malaysia content in this IPCC 2009 is how can they (the participants) reveal the image of Malaysia into their comic creation, not standardizing a character wearing Malay costume should looks like a Malay. What?!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


When I'm sleepy & don't have the mood to do any talk, once I hold the mic, my mood will be otherwise. ^_^ No wonder a colleague called me 'Natural Born Talker'. Huhu! Tapi Ayour akan jadi lebih kuat membebel kalau audiens teramat la pasif. Macam tak puashati selagi diorang tak excited. Malangnya they beat me on the 'Silence of The Lamb' game! Kalau budak sekolah takperlah lagi, ini semuanya dah dewasa and looking forward to get the RM20,000... when asked questions, mulut diorang semua cam ada berlian! Hardly respond. Apa sudah jadi?!

Pengalaman 2 tahun menjadi juri IPCC bagi kategori komik digital, sifat pasif finalis² ni sungguh membimbangkan. Macam takder semangat jer! Takkan la semua finalis sepakat jadi pasif kot? Hmm... jangan² diorang tengah risau pasal bahan² untuk presentation nanti. Siap ke tak kerja ni? Mati la...

We have ME (^_^), Michael Chuah (C2V) & The Tentacles (winner of IPCC2008) sharing knowledge with the finalists, but why are they not taking the opportunity to ask? Well... I don't like to predict anything, let me see how their presentation will be during the pitching day! Risaunya...

Nak buat joke pun cam takder mood jer. Sebab riak muka para finalis dah cukup menghiburkan, muka steady jer semua woooo... steady takut ke? Huhu... ^_^ Take it easy guys, life is boring without challenging excitement!

Nothing is to late if we focus & stay calm! Slide Power Point yang ditayangkan kat para finalis sebagai panduan Ayour bertaklimat ni dibuat on the spot, sepanjang sessi pertama bersama C2V & The Tentacles. Lagipun, artikel 'PROFESSIONAL BUT FUN: TO BE A SUCCESSFUL MALAYSIA COMIC ARTIST' yang diagih-agihkan ke setiap finalis tu pun dikemas kini seawal 4 pagi sebelum workshop! Harap ia jadi good guide of simple motivation for each finalis. So... Pitching Day, u still have time to prepare the presentation ya! ^_^

Setiap kali Ayour jadi juri, seperkara yang Ayour akan sentiasa cuba kawal ialah my fanatical fan spirit terhadap otai² industri komik kita yang join IPCC. I was raised by their work! (tapi taknak mention la masa taklimat ni, kan... as i said, mengawal my fanatical fan spirit... katanya!^_^) I have nothing but respect for their ongoing contribution to our comic industry without prejudice. Otaikuuuu... don't give up on me this time ya!