Sunday, April 19, 2009
I’m a fan of our very own Malaysia’s
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!
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
He was thirteen then when his first comic was published by
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
WASHINGTON, DC, WED.:
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
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.
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
To the untrained eye your cartoons haven't changed much over the years. Have
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...
For the complete story, please visit RDAsia website:
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
Lat's cartoons and comics
- Humor transcends cultural and language barriers :
The Hakka Wedding
The Orang Putih
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...
Kahwin sana, Encik! - Sini
When school reopens...
What do you want to eat ?
Durian, Durian and Durian...
Still in Raya mood...
The sound of Hari Raya...
All in a family...
It's O.K.... they are brothers !
The young at heart...