Here’s a glimpse from our Fall List, which I’m very proud to say includes KAMPUNG BOY, from Malaysia’s most beloved cartoonist LAT.

His latest award, the prestigious Petronas Journalism Award, was recently reported in The Comics Reporter. Though he’s not yet widely known in the States, he is a superstar in Indonesia. And ask any Malaysian: he’s revered for his work of many years (he was first published when he was only 13).

Lat has received tons of awards, including, in 1994, the prestigious Malaysian honorific title “Datuk,” which compares with Knighthood in England or being named Chevalier in France. I first came across the Kampung Boy series because Ferid Kaddour of Thé-Troc published a lovely French version of it. He’s now releasing the second volume.

Our edition has new lettering and cover artwork from Lat.

It makes me really proud to count Lat’s presence in the First Second list.

And a bonus: here is a snapshot of Lat with Matt Groening and an unidentified friend.


12 Comments on “ LAT’s KAMPUNG BOY in the USA at last ”

  • Robert | January 11th, 2006 8:37 pm

    I think Lat’s prior most high profile English-language gig was in Ng Suat Tong’s anthology, Rosetta.
    It’s great to see First Second bringing his work to the US audience.

  • salmiah aziz | July 29th, 2006 10:31 am

    yes,i’m agree with u..
    my studio will be designing an art gallery for u..
    i would like to know what kinda design u would like for ur gallery..we will be submitting thiz project by the end of august…i hoped u ll give yr cooperation towards this project as

  • budak | November 6th, 2006 6:09 am

    Saw this new edition in Borders Singapore. Glad that Lat’s work is still going strong…

  • Jennifer | January 5th, 2007 1:23 pm

    looking to purchase his comic collection…please email any info you have…Thanks Jennifer
    P.S. Lat if you are reading this …I have been searching for you for a long time…email me!!
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  • Jay | January 6th, 2007 12:11 am

    Lat taught me how to laugh & cry @ a culture that is “still” so misunderstood…..
    U da’ man Lat!
    Terima kasih…….

  • Nasha | January 14th, 2007 12:32 am

    My father, who came from a kampung himself, loved to tell me stories of his childhood. I remember him pointing to scenes from Kampung Boy – Yesterday and Today and telling me how things were “just like that”. Lat’s honest, funny, and innocent cartoons truly depict our culture and people. It makes me really proud that Lat has finally arrived!

  • mark siegel | January 14th, 2007 2:31 pm

    Thanks Nasha!

  • Baba | February 19th, 2007 2:03 pm

    I, like his many fans, also grew up with LAT. His drawings were truly unique and genuinely Malaysian.
    Regardless of background or upbringing, his work somehow found a niche in which all Malaysians could relate. The “Kampung Boy” stories and his other works, whether satire, comic or political were all superb. The drawings would say it all…..the LAT way!
    I’m very glad that others are also being afforded this opportunity now. Syabas.

  • aimie( ain's best friend) | May 20th, 2007 11:26 pm

    i went to Lat’s hse and came back with 2 free books of his. It was breathtakingly brilliant! its an advantage being friends with his daughter!! u guys should try it!

  • Haslina Haroon | July 3rd, 2007 1:07 am

    I was wondering whether anyone has the contact details for the French publisher, The Troc (Ferid Kaddour) and also the Brasilian publisher, Conrad Editora (Alexandre Linhares). They published the Portuguese and the French versions of Kampung Boy respectively.

  • Maggie Tan | September 19th, 2007 8:48 pm

    I also love Lat’s work. I have several of his books. Will be on the look out for more. You can email me at or visit my web site at http://www.maggietan.com
    Thank you Lat, for coming to the USA.
    Maggie Tan, Penang Island, West Malaysia

  • kema | December 31st, 2009 4:35 am

    i 1 of datok lat fans 2..
    now i’m still study in interior architecture and i love 2 design new gallery or showcase kampong boy 4 my last years projek..
    if anybody know how 2 contact or datuk lat’s house please tell me at my email ..
    i want to know datok lat better..

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