Myanmar’s comics history dates to the British colonial period (1912, in fact). Among the first Burmese cartoonists were Ba Gale and Ba Gyan in the 1910s-1930s. This chapter traces the history of Myanmar comics through three stages, pointing out problems caused by government interference, economics, lack of privately-owned media, and competition from new media. Some discussion is given to the prevalence of comics rental shops in Myanmar.
Keywords: Comic strips, censorship, Internet, rentals