Here’s a glimpse from our Fall List, which I’m very proud to say includes KAMPUNG BOY, from Malaysia’s most beloved cartoonist LAT.
His latest award, the prestigious Petronas Journalism Award, was recently reported in The Comics Reporter. Though he’s not yet widely known in the States, he is a superstar in Indonesia. And ask any Malaysian: he’s revered for his work of many years (he was first published when he was only 13).
Lat has received tons of awards, including, in 1994, the prestigious Malaysian honorific title “Datuk,” which compares with Knighthood in England or being named Chevalier in France. I first came across the Kampung Boy series because Ferid Kaddour of Thé-Troc published a lovely French version of it. He’s now releasing the second volume.
Our edition has new lettering and cover artwork from Lat.
It makes me really proud to count Lat’s presence in the First Second list.
And a bonus: here is a snapshot of Lat with Matt Groening and an unidentified friend.