Sunday, November 20, 2016

Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid: Lat releases bio after 40 years of joy

PETALING JAYA: After over 40 years of enthralling the nation with drawings of Malaysian daily life and growing up as a kampung boy and later a town boy, national cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid, or fondly known as Lat, has released his first full autobiography.

In Lat: My Life and Cartoons, Lat takes readers into a wider world beyond what he has depicted in pictures by sharing stories of his early years moving around Peninsular Malaysia following his father who was an army clerk, his journey to becoming a cartoonist, and the fulfilment of his ambition to animate his work.

“A lot of the stories in here are personal but I want to share them with you so you will know the artist behind the comics you have been reading all those years.

“You will find that I’m just like everyone else,” he said at a book signing event at a bookstore here.

In the book, Lat also shares some true stories that became the inspiration for his graphic novels like Kampung Boy and Town Boy.

Lat worked closely with Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun, former New Straits Times group editor and Martin Cross, editorial director of publisher Editions Didier Millet to produce the autobiography.

“If I were to tell you my story, some parts which are really serious, I’d do it in short sentences. It would take someone like Datuk Syed and Martin to help me,” he said.

According to Cross, Lat had intended to release the autobiography in late 2014 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his Tiga Sekawan comic book, published in 1964 when Lat was 13.

“However, there were just too many stories to tell and photographs to find. But two years later, it is now in print,” Cross said.

Lat also intends to continue producing new work for as long as he is able to draw.

“I’m already in my twilight years but I still get inspired to draw when I see a blank piece of paper,” he said.

One of his plans is to create a follow-up to his 1990 graphic novel Mat Som.

“It’s going to be big, with more details and it will have a different message. I can’t say when I will fi­­nish it but God willing, soon,” he said, adding that it would be based on his experiences when he first moved to Kuala Lumpur to work in the 1970s.

Lat: My Life and Cartoons is available at Borders and priced at RM99 in a six-month-long exclusive deal before being made available in bookstores nationwide.

&Taken from The Star Online

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