Comics and cartoons fans are in luck as the Malaysia Cartoon And Comic House in Kuala Lumpur is packed with original art, sketches, editorials and cartoon strips from across the decades.
Rumah Kartun & Komik Malaysia,
Information Centre Building,
Jalan Cenderasari, Taman Botani Perdana
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
At the Malaysia Cartoon and Comic House, the older generation get to revisit familiar faces from their oldcomic collections, while youngsters may gather inspiration and witness the evolution of the local cartoon industry.
The different roles that cartoons and comics play during different eras can be seen – from delivering propaganda to subtly criticizing society, and undoubtedly, for providing joy to the readers through humorous storylines.
The gallery currently contains over 500 selected works (representing a mere 10% of the gallery’s archive) dating from 1936-1990. This includes those from magazines such as Gila-Gila, Gelihati, Batu Api and Ujang, selected newspapers including Warta Jenaka, Utusan Zaman and Datuk Lat’s classic Mat Sam comic book as well as cartoonists like Rejab, Don, Jaafar Taib, Zainal Buang Husein, Tazidi and many more.
Many of the creative works on display have been loaned from private collectors and cannot be viewed elsewhere. Basically designed to follow a chronological order, the gallery highlights each decade with selected works from all genres such as fantasy and folk to sci-fi and romance. The Gila-Gila section in particular is one of the main draws with a showcase of brief biographies of artists and early editions.
Best time to visit: Weekdays (smaller crowds means you get to better enjoy the comics and cartoons)
Tuesdays to Sundays: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Adults: RM10.00, children: RM5.00.
How to get to Malaysia Cartoon & Comic House
The Malaysia Cartoon & Comic House is situated in downtown Kuala Lumpur’s Perdana Botanical Gardens.
The nearest KTM train station is Kuala Lumpur station, whereas the nearest MRT station is Muzium Negara.
The KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus takes you directly to the botanical gardens. Alternatively, board RapidKL bus B112 from Pasar Seni LRT station. Alight at the National Museum which is located near the edge of the park.