Cartoons and Comics *

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

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Myint Pe
  • 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)
  • “Phone Ko” was known for his “Vietnam cartoon”
  • “Kyant Ba Hone” superficially looked like “Nick Kelly”, but the contents are different.
  • Maintained by three (or more) generations of Cartoon Boxers
  • Cartoon Box was “ordered close” after 1988
  • 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
    Exhibited in Myanmar and beyond (e.g. Asian Cartoon Exhibition)

Early Cartoonists

  • 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”)

Published in Burmese and English newspapers, magazines and books.

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


During our times, we read

  • Beano
  • Dandy
  • Topper
  • Beezer
  • Film Fun
  • Joke and Humor books
    D. S. Saluja collected 200 books including Annual / Special Issues

U Myo Myint (M73)

  • Designed covers for the RIT Annual Magazines and the commemorative Swel Daw Yeik Magazines.
  • Expert in “Pon Tu” (Portrait) and “Oil Paintings”.
  • Also draw cartoons. U Myint Pe (M72) has posted some of them.
  • They remind me of three female friends who were fondly known as Half Size, Full Size and Double Size.


  • Ko Win Thein (M67, GBNF) suggested to name RIT Main Gate as “U Lu Paw Gate”.
  • Ko Myint Soe (C68, GBNF) and Ko Myint Thein (M69, GBNF) are fondly called Maung Kabar (or Kabar for short)
  • About a decade ago, my spouse paid K10,000 for a copy of “old” cartoons published in the Rangoon Times.
    Some are political satire.
  • In 1958, 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.

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