Comic fans can get the first edition of “Ayah Chor”, a comic book by PORT (People of Remarkable Talent) featuring ten Perakean cartoonists, for free beginning January 2017.

According to Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi, Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Multimedia and Communications, a thousand copies will be printed and placed at the offices of Tourism Perak, Tourism Malaysia Perak and PORT for collection.

The production of the comic book, said Nolee, would provide artists from the state a favourable platform to showcase their talent.

"Hopefully, their ideas and creativity will be appreciated by their fans, in and out of the state," she said during a media conference following the launch of the comic and Cartoon Village #3: Creative Appreciation Programme at PORT. The event was held on Saturday, November 5 and was witnessed by PORT manager, Zamari Muhyi. 

The 16-page comic book is being produced by Lengkuas-born Zainuddin bin Saleh and his team of 10 artists.

Speaking on Cartoon Village, Nolee stated that the third edition had received overwhelming response from the public. Workshops and exhibitions were held throughout the two-day event.

"During this economic downturn, such a programme provides opportunities for vendors and traders to earn additional income," she said.

Cartoon Village is a formal event in the state tourism calendar.

"We’re looking for additional locations to host this event next year in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2017," she added.

Rosli Mansor