Sunday, April 19, 2009


  I’m a fan of our very own Malaysia’s cartoonist, LAT.

Have you heard of him or came across his comic books? Well, his real name is Datuk Mohammed Nor Khalid, better known as LAT.

LAT talks about “facts of life” and his Kampung Boy comics spice up my life. :) When the sales of his first comic hit the market, I was one of those “crazy” groups of young adults who would spend “extravagantly” just so I possessed a copy for keepsakes!

I am PurpleChocolate
From Miri, Sarawak. A Mirian, mother, grandmother and career woman.





October 20, 2009
Favorite Cartoonist Lat

  I love this man. I’ve been following & enjoying his cartoon characters since my early childhood.

Dato’ Mohd Nor bin Khalid or best known as Lat is Malaysian best cartoonist since 70s when he first started his ‘illustration’ on Malaysian life scenarios with ‘Tiga Sekawan’ and ‘Keluarga Si Mamat’

He was thirteen then when his first comic was published by Berita Harian....................

Kudos Dato’ and wish you greater success.


Mohammed Nor Khalid received many awards, including the prestigious Malaysian honorific title "Datuk," in 1994 which compares with Knighthood in England or being named Chevalier in France.

Even though LAT's comics have a Malaysian flavor, the underlying themes are universal. Themes like unrequited love or growing up or having your best friend move away.  His art detailed captures the funny little things of  people in every day life.



'Kampung boy' Lat a hit in Washington, DC By: Salmy Hashim, BERNAMA

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Lat, Malaysia’s famous cartoonist, yesterday drew a crowd of Malaysian and American fans here who could not get enough of his depiction of the simple life of a kampung boy in Kampung Lalang.

Datuk Mohammed Nor Khalid, better known as Lat, who is here to promote his Kampung Boy and Town Boy books published in English by the First Second, a publishing company in New York, talked about his simple childhood.

He talked about his “fierce” cane-wielding teacher at the “English Language” school, and how he thought that there were nine days of the week in English (including Yesterday and Everyday), his contributions on
“Keluarga Si-Mamat” to Berita Minggu and his first cartoon book at age 13.

Lat earned as much as a clerk from his contributions to Berita Minggu, a huge amount then for a young boy, and did not forget to give his parents ten ringgit each every month. His father, who also loved to draw and play musical instruments, encouraged him to pursue his passion more than 40 years ago.

His books are also available in French, Japanese and Portuguese. Talks are ongoing to have them published in Italian, Spanish and Korean.

On why his book sells in other languages, the cartoonist said people were naturally drawn to other cultures and different experiences. “When people see my drawings of houses on stilts, they want to know who lives there? Who are these people?"

He was invited by the Malaysian embassy and the Malaysian American Society (MAS) to speak on his passion to Malaysians and friends of Malaysia who include Americans who had served in Malaysia as diplomats and members of the Peace Corps and others who have links with Malaysia.

While here, he was invited to speak at the 12th annual meeting of the International Comics Forum hosted by the Library of Congress and to display his works at the “Treasures of Caricature Art” exhibition at the Library of Congress from Oct 18 to 20.

Lat and American cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher also participated in a special panel discussion, “Iconophobia: Comics, Politics and the Power of the Image,” at George Washington University’s Gelman Library.

Earlier in New York, he spoke at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, The Jefferson Market Library, and at a school in Brooklyn.

Today, he heads for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York before returning to Malaysia on Oct 29.

Lat also recalled how he contributed his cartoons to Majalah Filem, an entertainment magazine in Singapore, where he was paid in movie tickets issued by Shaw Brothers.

“I’m still drawing for tickets,” he grinned, saying that his trip here was sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, Petronas and the Malaysian government.


Humor transcends cultural and language barriers

Twenty-eight years ago, an autobiographical account of Malaysian village life called The Kampung Boy sealed Lat's reputation as an astute cartoonist in Asia. It's been translated into French, Japanese and, most recently, Portuguese. Last year, The Kampung Boy made its American debut. Its sequel, Town Boy, about Lat's teenage years, will follow suit next month – proof positive that humor transcends cultural and language barriers.

RD: Why do you think your books have traveled so far?
Lat: Firstly, I think it's because people are always interested in learning about other people's cultures. Secondly, some time ago, graphic novels were all about the bizarre and the mysterious. Maybe people got tired of that and wanted something normal.

To the untrained eye your cartoons haven't changed much over the years. Have they?
I prefer simpler things now. I don't go into too much detail. Once upon a time I would draw a table at a coffee shop and what's under the table. Now I'll just draw somebody sitting down. You can't even tell if there's a table or not.

Have you ever been afraid that the creative well will run dry?
It started to go dry in the '80s. (Laughs.) But I realize that if I don't do the job, there will be...

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Kampung Boy in comics

11 August 2007

BANGI: The "Kampung Boy" is now Dr Lat. Cartoonist Datuk Mohamad Nor Khalid, better known simply as Lat, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Anthropology and Sociology by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) on Saturday. "I've never heard of a cartoonist being awarded with an honourary doctorate before. 

"It's a great honour for me," said the 56-year-old, who was among 671 graduates at the afternoon session of UKM's 35th Convocation here. 

Dressed in a suit, robes and sporting a shorter hairdo, Lat shared his motto of "making an effort in whatever profession you choose." 

"Whatever profession we are in, if we contribute to society and the nation, there is always some form of gratitude, whether in this form or others. 

"But we don't really work for this (honourary doctorates)," said the soft-spoken man, who has been "doodling" for the last 40 years, even before he started school.

Lat's cartoons and comics - Humor transcends cultural and language barriers :

The Hakka Wedding

The Orang Putih

Sketches of France

Lat in Brunei  Brunei at a glimpse :  If you go to Bandar Seri Begawan, don't forget to visit Kampung Air across the Sungei Brunei. but look carefully or you might end up in someone's kitchen ... or worse...

The big tree under which we had our 'cendol' --------- is gone to make way for concrete...

I didn't know the LRT was coming this way

How does it feel to be a motor car...?

The death of a tree...

Malaysian Toilets


Kahwin sana, Encik! - Sini Deepavali!

When school reopens...

High tea...

What do you want to eat ?

Durian, Durian and Durian...

Calendar Hunt

Still in Raya mood...

The sound of Hari Raya...

All in a family...

It's O.K.... they are brothers !

The young at heart...





































































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