Cartoon-style look at the everyday charm of Penang


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  • Monday, 23 Feb 2015

Caricaturist Mohd Azmi posing for a photograph afterthe Tanjong Life book launch at Penang Interactive Museum , Weld Quay. star pic by : LIM BENG TATT / The Star/ 14 Feb 2014.

INTERESTING snippets about Penang’s attractions are now portrayed in light-hearted cartoon style in a book called ‘TanjongLife’ by a Penang-born cartoonist.

The story is told from the point of view of the book character Joe G, an enthusiastic lad with buck teeth.

His adventures centre around the attractions in Penang, touching on the cuisine, tourist hotspots and local culture.

The 104-page book is about everyday life in the Pearl of the Orient.

There are amusing stories about all things Penang, from the cheeky macaques at the Penang Botanic Gardens to the famed char koay teow stall in Siam Road and the fun trishaw rides around George Town.

The book is the first for 31-year-old caricaturist Mohd Azmi Mohd Hussin, who is also known as ‘Me’.

His fascination with drawing started in his school days.

“While my schoolfriends spent their pocket money on toys, I would splurge on art paper instead,” he said at the book launching at Weld Quay recently.

“This book on the essence of Penang is the product of three and a half months’ work.

“I am also hoping to work on a sequel,” he said.

Also present during the book launch was Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, better known as Lat.

The famous cartoonist said he had a soft spot for Penang as the publisher for his first book was in Chulia Street.

Mohd Azmi’s book, published by Clarity Publishing, is available at the price of RM39 at the Penang Interactive Museum and local bookshops.


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