Editorial cartoons in the spotlight


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 02 Jul 2020

Annuar (left) with Tazidi admiring the Covid-19 and MCO-inspired editorial cartoons at MCCH in Taman Botani Perdana. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

Malaysia Comic and Cartoon House (MCCH) at Taman Botani Perdana, Kuala Lumpur will showcase 100 editorial cartoons created during the movement control order (MCO).

The exhibition features a compilation of works by 24 local cartoonists and 11 from Singapore and Indonesia.

Established in 2017, MCCH features the nation’s comics and cartoons from comic books, editorial cartoon strips, storyboard sketches, studio notes and vintage youth culture magazines collected since the 1930s.

Its founder and chairman Mohd Desa Omar said the editorial cartoons at the exhibition were inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic and meant to inform as well as entertain the public.

“This is our way of contributing to society, by using our creativity to entertain the people who stayed at home during the MCO,” said the cartoonist who is also known as Juragan.

The complex was closed when the MCO came into effect on March 18 but was reopened on June 26 during the recovery phase.

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who was present at the exhibition’s launch, said artists and cartoonists played a big role in making the city a tourism hub.

“We are in the process of identifying places in the city that can be upgraded into tourism attractions,” he said.

Annuar said there were plans to place cartoonists, buskers, painters and poets along the River of Life riverfront in Jalan Masjid Jamek and along the exteriors of Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad.

“This will result in more activities being held in the area and these artists can add some soul to the city,” he said while thanking MCCH for its creativity in delivering information through these drawings.

Also present at the launch was MCCH manager Tazidi Yusoff.

At the launch, Ahmad Hilmy Abdullah was named “Malaysian Cartoonist Icon 2020”.

Drawing inspiration from Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, he said his paintings drew many online buyers.

“I present the daily news from these officials in simple but creative ways,” said the cartoonist who is also known as Mie.

The exhibition is ongoing until July 26, from 10am to 5pm daily. Admission is free.
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