The Penang Asia Comic Cultural Museum (PACCM) is an excellent attraction providing an entertaining and educational look at comic history in nine Asian countries and territories: Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.
The layout of this museum, which extends over 13,000 square feet of space, is divided up into the nine countries/regions together with an introductory section and Kids’ Zone.
Visitors can have their museum “passport” chopped by the mascots of each of the nine territories and redeem it for a souvenir from the gift shop.
Explanatory information is provided in four languages (Bahasa, Chinese, Tamil and English) which is quite unusual for a Malaysian museum.
Famous political cartoonists and comic artists are profiled, such as Malaysian satirical cartoonist Zunar (Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque) whose cartoons to expose corruption in Malaysia landed him in trouble with the previous government.
Comics were banned during the Chinese cultural revolution and their artists were branded as ‘poison grass’ but the ban was lifted by Zhou En Lai in 1971 who recognised that comics could be useful for propaganda purposes.
Highly recommended. Whether you are into comic strips, Superheroes, cartoons, manga, art, martial arts, politics, current affairs, history, propaganda, Asian popular culture or graphic design you are sure to find this place interesting.
Penang Asia Comic Cultural Museum
2 level ICT Mall
10000 George Town
GPS: 5.413807, 100.330696
Tel: 04-371 5516 / 04-371 5512
Business hours: Daily 11am to 7pm
• RM20 for non-Malaysians adults
• RM15 for MyKad adults
• RM10 for Malaysian students, seniors and the disabled
This article first appeared in malaysia-traveller.com