Cartoons and Comics

For archive (Updated on February 27, 2019)

Conventional wisdom

Laughter is the best medicine

It takes less nerves to smile than to frown

A cartoon a day keeps the blues away

Cartoons have no age boundaries

RIT Cartoon Box

Started by Ko Myint Pe (M72) and team with the Patronage of Saya U Khin Maung Phone Ko (“Phone Ko”, C65) and Saya U Aung Myint {“Kyant Ba Hone:, Pet69)

Maintained by three (or more) generations of Cartoon Boxers

History is published in the Commemorative Issue of Swel Daw Yeik Magazine for SPZP-2012

Collection of RIT Cartoons published in time for SPZP-2012

Pamphlet of RIT Cartoons distributed at Shwe YaDu and SPZP-2016

Some (e.g. “Aw Pi Kye”) became professional cartoonists and exhibited their works in Myanmar and beyond (e.g. Asian Cartoon Exhibition)

Earlier cartoonists published in Burmese and English newspapers, magazines, books, …

To name a few

  • Shwe Ta Lay
  • U Ba Gyan
  • U Heng Soon
  • U Aung Shein
  • U Pe Thein
  • U Than Kywe
  • U Ba Htwe
  • U Kyaw San (“Ka Sa”)

    …The “Cartoon Festival” was held in U Ba Gyan Street (around Tazaung Daing).

    During our times, we read





    Film Fun

    Joke and Humor book(s) : D. S. Saluja collected 200 or so

    Annual (Year) special editions

    In the context of RIT

    Main Gate was named “U Lu Paw” (at the suggestion of Ko Win Thein (M67))

    Ko Myint Soe (C68, GBNF) and Ko Myint Thein (M69, GBNF) are fondly called [Maung] Kabar

    Cartoon Box was “ordered close” after 1988

    “Phone Ko” was known for his “Vietnam cartoon”, …

    “Kyant Ba Hone” superficially looked like “Nick Kelly”, but the contents are different.

    About a decade ago, my spouse paid K10,000 for a copy of “old” cartoons published in the Rangoon Times. Some are political satire.

    When there was a rift between the two factions of AFPFL, some cartoonists took sides and a “price war” started. The cartoons, which sold for 60 pyas were then given away at bargain prices (any where between 10 and 50 pyas).

    We have seen private shops like Smart & Mookerdam gave way to the government owned stationery and book stores.

    Feel free to voice your expertise and experience.

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2 replies »

  1. Hello Hla Min,
    I am a french cartoon lover
    I am in Myanmar for one month looking for Kyan Ba Hone comics but I dont find anything
    Can you give me some address
    or if it’s now not available, have you some numeric files you could send to me ?
    Great thanks and best regards


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