Selection of Thai Comics Art for the “Mangasia” International Exhibition

Mangasia

Thai Comics (comic books & rare original artworks) are on display at the Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy. Curated by Paul Gravett and a team of over twenty advisors, and developed by The Barbican Centre, the 5-year world-touring exhibition presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics. For the first time at an international level, Thai Comics are well represented; original artworks from Thai master cartoonists p’Tawee Witsanukorn (and classic 5-baht ghost comic books of Krasue Sao, 1968), p’Raj Lersroung (Singh Dam), p’Padung “Aoh” Kraisri (Noo-Hin), and p’Suttichart Sarapaiwanich (Joe the Sea-Cret Agent); comic books by p’Hem Vejakorn (Ngo Paa), p’Sawas Jutharop (Phra Apai Manee), p’Pakdee “Tai” Santaweesuk (PangPond); issues of the famous KaiHuaRoh magazine; rare issues of “one-baht comics”; as well as various video clips (Noo-Hin: The Movie, Noo-Hin animated clip, Joe the Sea-Cret Agent animated clip). My heartfelt thanks to Paul, the Barbican Center, and all the Thai publishers and artists involved in this meaningful project. Special thanks to Chulalongkorn University students Birdme, Suttiarpa and Kaikaew for your invaluable assistance; I could not have fulfilled my role of “advisor on Thai Comics” without your help! Aj. Nicolas Verstappen

Mangasia Krasue
Rare original artwork & classic 5-baht ghost comic books of Krasue Sao (1968) by Thai master cartoonists p’Tawee Witsanukorn (ทวี วิษณุกร). Mangasia exhibition (Rome, Italy).
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“From left to right: Thai cartoonist p’Tawee Witsanukorn’s Krasue Sao original artwork, Azisa Noor‘s Kalasandhi, the Krasue Sao collection, four Thai one-baht horror/folklore comics, a page of artwork from
Al Sanchez for the Filipino comic Maling Akala, five-baht comics of Krasue Sao #1 and lastly Daijiro Morohoshi’s Mud Men“. Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Paolo Darra.
Mangasia Krasue 2
First issue of the classic 5-baht ghost comic book series Krasue Sao (1968) by Thai master cartoonists p’Tawee Witsanukorn on display at the Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Hashimoto Izumi.
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“From top to bottom: Eldo Yoshimizu‘s Ryuko artworks, and Thai cartoonist Raj Lersroung’s Singh Dam artworks (commission for Somboon Hormtientong‘s exhibition).” Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy. Photo credit: Paolo Darra.
Mangasia Raj
Two original pages of the classic adventure comics series Singh Dam (“สิงห์ดำ”, 1960s and 2013) by Thai master cartoonist p’Raj Lersroung (ราช เลอสรวง) on display at the Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: @diegotheghostt.
Joe NooHin Mangasia
Original page of Joe the Sea-Cret Agent (the first Thai alternative comics, launched in 1998) by cartoonist p’Suttichart Sarapaiwanich on display (next to an original Noo-Hin cover art by p’Padung “Aoh” Kraisri) at the Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy. ©Suttichart Sarapaiwanich. Picture credit (detail): Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
Mangasia noo
Original Noo-Hin cover art by p’Padung “Aoh” Kraisri, published by ขายหัวเราะ (KaiHuaRoh magazine, Banluesarn). Mangasia exhibition (Rome, Italy). Picture credit: Daruma View.
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Clip of Noo-Hin: The Movie (top right). Mangasia exhibition (Rome, Italy). Screenshot from a video by Daruma View.
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Original page of Joe the Sea-Cret Agent (the first Thai alternative comics, launched in 1998) by cartoonist p’Suttichart Sarapaiwanich on display at the Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy. ©Suttichart Sarapaiwanich Picture credit: Nicolas Verstappen
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“From left to right: Jim Fernandez artwork for Casa Negra, Thai cartoonist Sawas Jutharop’s adaptation of Phra AphaiManee, Thai one-baht sleep rape comic, and Indonesian Neraka’ hell comic.” Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Paolo Darra.
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Not Final Art (but Art nonetheless) – 2

Eisner - A Contract with God
A Contract with God” (1978) by Will Eisner. USA. Original artwork.
Llloyd - The Horrorist 2
The Horrorist” (DC Comics, 1995-1996). Art by David Lloyd and script by Jamie Delano. UK (for American publisher) Original artwork.
Copyright ©2005 DC Comics
Otomo - Akira 2
Akira” (1982-1990) by Katsuhiro Otomo. Japan. Original artwork.
Harkham - Poor Sailor 2
Poor Sailor” (2003) by Sammy Harkham. USA. Original artwork.
Mazzucchelli - DD Born Again 230-14-18
Daredevil: Born Again” (Marvel Comics, 1986). Art by David Mazzucchelli and script by Frank Miller. USA. Original artwork.
Copyright ©1986 Marvel Comics
Ware - Building Stories
Building Stories” (2012) by Chris Ware. USA. Original artwork. LARGER SIZE OVER HERE.

Not Final Art (but Art nonetheless) – 1

Tezuka - Astro Boy
Astro Boy” (1952-1968) by Osamu Tezuka. Japan. Original artwork.
Copyright © Tezuka Productions
Jakitou-25576
Jakitou” (1935) by Alain Saint-Ogan. France. Original artwork.
King Frank - Gasoline Alley
Gasoline Alley” (25th of August 1925) by Frank King. USA. Original artwork. LARGER SIZE OVER HERE.
Nilsen - Big Questions 2
Big Questions” (Drawn & Quarterly, 1999-2011) by Anders Nilsen. USA (for Canadian publisher). Original artwork.
Copyright © Anders Nilsen/Drawn & Quarterly
Otomo - Akira 1
Akira” (1982-1990) by Katsuhiro Otomo. Japan. Original artwork.
Jason - Hey wait...
Hey Wait…” (“Mjau Mjau” back cover, 1999) by Jason. Norway. Original artwork.
Copyright ©1999 Jason

 

“Werewolf” by Larry Ivie & Frank Frazetta, USA, late 1964


Werewolf, script by Larry Ivie (USA) and art by Frank Frazetta (USA), in: Creepy #1, Warren Publishing, USA, late 1964.

Copyright ©1964 Warren Publishing/Ivie/Frazetta

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“Cthulhu Mythos: The Haunter of the Dark” by Alberto Breccia & Norberto Buscaglia, AR, 1975


Cthulhu Mythos: The Haunter of the Dark (“Los mitos de Cthulhu: El morador de la tinieblas”), script by Norberto Buscaglia (AG) and art by Alberto Breccia (AG), based on the short story The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft, in: Los mitos de Cthulhu,
Ediciones Periferia, Argentina, December 1975. With original art (page 6) below.

Copyright ©1975 Alberto Breccia Estate

(English scanlation & lettering by Vampire State Building)

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“MY WORLD…” by Wally Wood, USA, 1953


MY WORLD… by Wally Wood (script by Al Feldstein) in: Weird Science #22, EC Comics, USA, November/December 1953. With complete original art (below).

Copyright ©2012 William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.

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“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Alberto Breccia, AR/IT, 1975


The Tell-Tale Heart (“El corazón delator”) by Alberto Breccia (Argentina), based on the famous Gothic short story The Tell-Tale Heart (1843) by Edgar Allan Poe, in: Il Mago, Italy, 1975. With original art (page 1) below.

Copyright ©1975 Alberto Breccia Estate

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