In his third comical outing Lost in Bagan, Penang’s (now) most recognisable cartoonist and caricaturist Mohd Azmi (‘Me’) goes back to his roots, in search of memories and old haunts. The talented cartoonist demonstrates that the best way to find your origins – and where it all began – is to go directly to the source. As in his previous books, Me, like all good humourists, very often laughs at himself but never at the expense of denigrating, lampooning or exploiting his own, or other people’s cultures. Not an easy task, as the line that separates good-natured humour and ridicule is often missed by lesser talents.
Returning home after a long day’s work or journey always leaves me with a feeling of security and peace of mind. I still feel the game way every time I return to my hometown – Butterworth. Butterworth is the largest town in Seberang Perai and us locals call it Bagan (which means Jetty in Malay). When i was growing up, Bagan wag a bustling town and the administrative centre for mainland Penang as many government departments were based in the town. Today most of these government offices have moved to Seberang Jaya, Bandar Perda and Kepala Batas.
About the Artist
Mohd Azmi Mohd Hussin, popularly known as ME, is a true-blue Penangite born and raised in Butterworth. From his early schooldays he was always fascinated with drawing and admitted that he “won almost all the art competitions in school!” ME would spend half of his daily pocket money on art paper to draw his favourite cartoons – the Thundercats, Rambo and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. By the time he was in Standard Six he was already creating his own DIY comics to sell (just like his idol Dato’ Lat).
After leaving school, ME worked part-time at a coffee stall before taking up a graphic design course. After college he worked in a factory for a few years before deciding to follow his passion to become a full-time artist.