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Charis Loke

Charis is an illustrator based in Penang, Malaysia. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she makes pictures that evoke wonder and curiosity. As a member of Arts-ED, she also works on community arts and culture education programmes for youth. Her work can be found at Charis is Comics Editor and Illustrations Editor for New Naratif. Reach her at

Fahmi Reza

Fahmi Reza is a political graphic designer based in Kuala Lumpur. He has been arrested, charged, banned and sentenced to jail for his design work. He tweets at

Kedung Ballang Kapong

Kedung Ballang Kapong, or Keds, is a Malaysian visual artist and muralist based in Kuching, Sarawak hailing from the Bario Highlands. She is a member of the Sarawakian multi-discipline arts collective 9Lives Borneo. Currently working as a digital content producer, she combines her interests in culture, music, empowerment, and tattoos through illustrations and stories in the description for added visualizations. Contact her at and find more of her at on Instagram at @kedsss

Max Loh

Max Loh is an as-and-when comic artist who flits between Malaysia and Singapore. He enjoys whittling at complex issues with words and images, stringing them together with emotions. While on his journey to find the ideal middle ground of practicality and passion, he'll gladly stuff his face with all the food he can get his hands on. Reach him at

Sonia Luhong Wan

Currently engaged in the field of renewable energy, Sarawak-born Sonia Luhong Wan is a self-taught artist who believes in art as a powerful medium for education and awareness. @sonialuhong is where she rambles on Instagram.

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