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(p.225) Chapter 12 Thailand
Asian Comics
John A. Lent
University Press of Mississippi

Thai cartoons and comics exhibited unusual quirks during their century of existence, such as one of the earliest cartoons being drawn by a king, other cartoons and comics appearing in one-panel montages, or in two different sizes simultaneously, or in cheap one-baht editions. In this chapter, these phenomena are described, as are the origins of pioneer publisher Banlue Sarn, the tendency to reprint American works, and the invasion of Japanese manga. Since the 1990s, comics have had a resurgence with the establishment of the Cartoon Association of Thailand and Cartoonthai Institute and their training and awareness campaigns, new publishing companies, and educational comics. Cartoonists have become popular, one even commissioned by the king to illustrate two of his books.

Keywords:   one-baht comics, verse editorials, educational comics, comic strips, reprints, manga

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