The Art of Thai Comics by Nicolas Verstappen / ISBN 9786164510364 / 288-page paperback, about 10 x 9.25 inches, 370 illustrations, from River Books Press (Thailand)
“A revelatory book that changes the global map of comics forever. At last, the histories and mysteries of Thailand’s ever-changing comics can emerge from the shadows into the spotlight.” ~ Paul Gravett, author of Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics
From folklore and Buddhist legends to tales of modern-day millennial angst, The Art of Thai Comics chronicles the fascinating, untold history of Thai comics. Rich with stories and illustrations, this ground-breaking book uncovers ‘lost’ comics and reveals the back-story of much-loved characters and the artists who created them. Each page opens new windows onto a fast-changing society – its hopes, fears, delights and horrors distilled in comics form.
Written by Nicolas Verstappen, lecturer at the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University. With an introduction by Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye) and an afterword by Thai artist Om Ratchawej.