“Chic Monkey Ushers In New Age” exhibition – 森林木(Roy Chan)

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Featured Artwork of the Day: 森林木(Roy Chan) -美猴王

Roy Chan is a veteran cartoonist who, together with two friends, pioneered the realm of Chinese comics in Malaysia back in the 80s.

He published three solo comics in 1985, and contributed serialised educational comic strips to a “Mingguan Tunas” weekly for 7 years.

Being a staunch supporter of the HongKong godfather of comics Tony Wong, Roy derived most of his drawing skills from the works of this martial arts comic artists, later to be influenced by Osamu Tezuka, Yoshihiku Yasikazu.

He left the comics scene in 1992 to delve into different careers, namely a motoring journalist, sub-editor, advertising executive and public listing executive. In 2013, he returned to the comics scene by chance and was appointed the President of the Malaysian Mandarin Comics Society for a 2-year term beginning 2015.

Roy now is actively into writing chinese novels and drawing comics for children.

森林木曾于1984年联袂两名志同道合的漫画发烧友,开创马来西亚中文漫画之路。他在7年间除了出版三本个人单行本,也成为”青苗周刊”的特约漫画家。

他深受香港功夫漫画教父黄玉郎的画风影响,而后期更掺入手塚治虫和安彦良和等日本漫画家的画风,自成一格。

1992年,森林木离开漫画圈,投身其他行业,曾经先后担任了试驾记者,杂志编辑,广告执行员和上市智囊团成员等岗位。

他是于2013年机缘巧合之下重回漫画圈,被选为马来西亚中文漫画协会的会长。目前,他正活跃于撰写学生小说和编绘学生漫画。

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