16 September 2006 @ 01:28 am
Gempak 164: Featuring Le.Gardenie, a manga by Ben  
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Gempak is a Magazine featuring mangas which were drawn by local Malaysian artists. It contains quite some information on local manga artists, conventions, Japanese mangas, anime previews and suchs. The magazine's website is http://gempakstarz.com/, and is also one of the leading magazine which runs local made mangas in the country.

In this edition of Gempak, the front page features Le.Gardenie, a manga created by Ben. They had also made an exclusive interview with Ben, who was borned in Malacca on the 24th of November 1980.

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Then, there was also this article on an anime by Makoto Shinkai, entitled "Byosoku 5 Centimetre", which is a 60 minute OAV which will be released in 2007.
The OAV is about Takaki Tono and Akari Shinohara. Both of them have been seperated since they'd graduated from primary school. They have feelings for each other, but time goes through day by day. Until a few years later during a snow storm, Takaki decided to look for Akaki.
The anime is categorized into three segments: "Okasho" brings Takaki & Akari together, "Osmonaut" is the part about the views of other people on the two main characters, and finally, "Byosoku 5 Centimetres" is the part of the story after the two chatacters met.
Makoto Shinkai's previous works include "She & Her Cat" (1999, 5 minutes), "Voices of a Distant Star" (2002, 30 minutes) and "The Place Promised in Our Early Days" (2004, 90 minutes).

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The magazine features a chapter of manga by various skilled manga artists, including "Fatal Chaos" by Ben, "Grave" by totoro, "Winter Snow" by Kaoru, "Lawak Kampus" (Campus Comedy) by Keith and "Falcon" by Clay.
I have seen other works by Clay, and he's quite a good manga artist.

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In this edition, they've made two convention reviews, and they are the "China Digital Entertainment Expo 2006" which were held in Shanghai and "Ani-Com Hong Kong" which took place in Hong Kong.

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Finally, the poster which were included in the magazine. Featuring Le.Gardenie. =\

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My last words: Quite nice for a local magazine. Although uncomparable compared to other Japanese magazines such as Newtype or Shounen, it is still quite good despite the lack of information to be obtained inside the country. And I was also surprised that I could get the magazine before the date (it was dated 15 September, but I swear that I got it before the date!)
 
 
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(Anonymous) on July 1st, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
I love this comic.
I'm a Malaysian. I have all of Ben's comics. I just love his art!
If ya wanna know more info about him jst contact me!
I'm currently reading Le Gardenie and the second book is out soon. Yay Ben!
(Anonymous) on October 20th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Re: I love this comic.
Hey, i have read the 1st and 2nd volumes of le gardenie. Anyone knows when the 3rd volume is coming out? i really want to read. I cant stand the suspense.
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(Anonymous) on July 3rd, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
I just gonna say....U ROCK BEN!!!!
(Anonymous) on July 3rd, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
I love your work Ben espically LE GARDENIE.I never miss to read it.
kristalyamakikristalyamaki on July 3rd, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
Erm sorry, I'm not the artist Ben. I'm only blogging about his works...
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
hey..im a fan from US..
hey..im malaysian but now studying in tennessee,usa..how i miss malaysia's manga so much..u guys r getting good..i miss my kiwi..owh kiwi..do come back in le.gardenie..we mis your presence..Ben! help her coming back to us!!
-azrin zahari azrynnjr_aries@yahoo.com-
(Anonymous) on October 24th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
congrats
congrats coz win award lately...ganbatte.
(Anonymous) on October 30th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
I only see Le.gardenie from his work.. i have same feeling with you guys.. i can't wait for 3rd release.. well.. to think about it.. since Le.gardenie just release not long time ago (july or august i think) .. may be need wait for at lease 10month? ._."

-koros
(Anonymous) on November 4th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
FaTAl cHAos
kristal can u send me few pic of all fatal chaos character tqtq....
(Anonymous) on November 4th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
FatAl cHAos
zzz u can send me at lmj_0220@hotmail.com
(Anonymous) on November 26th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
helo all
i m newbie here.... i just interested with le.gardenie after read ur alll comments.... look like nice novel... can someone send me GreaT PIC of LE.GARDENIE to my email... i nvr read this comic...and i dun have one i hope u all can help me and make me love this novel so much thanks.. send the pic to my email coolpsyrie86@yahoo.com :)
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
love ben!!!!
noe wut ben? ur a major rocker dude!! love all ur stuff ur doin!!
cant wait for next one to come out!!keep up and good luck!
(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
I love Le. gardenie
when is the 3rd book coming out??
(Anonymous) on December 22nd, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
.........
i've tried to find the comic here in brunei but ... i couldn't find it anywhere. so next year i'm going to kl :) just to have his comics. does anyone know where to find ALL of his comics? where's the best manga selling place in kl?
(Anonymous) on January 1st, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
i TOTALLY love ben's works!!!
i ave read all ur works dude...il support u...
especially fatal chaos battle one,turbo ex n 3rd strike....
cover menarik..kareografi cantik...drawing smooth...
n colour ada ummmmphhh...! i love it..
x jemu bce beb......
the fishes also..la gardenia..........fuhhh........
u do a fantastic job now!! keep it up!! well im waiting 4 the fatal chaos 4rd.when??/it ok...i'll juz waiting...im ur fan... i appreciateall ur works n im hungry it so much.....!
(Anonymous) on January 7th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
hi....i love u comic very much...
hi...i`m from malaysia.my name is jennifer and i very like to read you comic....hehhee...my email is (cindy_cute91@yahoo.com)can u send me you comic pic please....hehehe....
(Anonymous) on January 22nd, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulation 2 Ben....^_^...
Aku dah bace komik Le.Gardenie...best gler..x sangke owg malaysia blh melukis secantik 2 n jln citer dia pn x bowing..haha..Hidup Ben!!!
(Anonymous) on February 5th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
i like
hai...syabas..ben coz...wat cter katun nie..sye mnat sngt2..katun gan jln cter..die..harap ben dpt mghsilkan lbih bnyak citer2..cam nie..sye sport abg ben..kem .slm sye kat apple gan orenge
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
haloo^^
erm mr ben.. i already read your all comics. and im waiting for the continue for le garden and fatal chao 4th book.. can i know when is it coming out?
(Anonymous) on May 6th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
oit.....BEN
Bile nk kluaq Le Gardenie 3????
(Anonymous) on June 3rd, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
huhuuuu (T_T)
hihihii u all....ben le gardenie 3 dah kuar belum???bosan arr takde tengok lukisan ben.... (^_^)
(Anonymous) on June 5th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
hye sume
komik nie mmg best sesangat.lagipun katun nye kiut giler..i hope ben akan terus maju.. n buat komik yg best lagi.k daaaaaaaaaaaaaa..........
(Anonymous) on June 6th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
hey!! warzsup ben!
hey! I just love your comics! their a fine work of art.. and well, it's the first interesting manga comic I've read.. =)
(Anonymous) on June 12th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Plz Support Ben!!!
Ben really drawing skill very perfect!!!The story of the comic also interesting!!!Ben must jia you!!!Draw more more comic to us!!!
LONG LIVE BEN!!!^^
(Anonymous) on July 3rd, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Ben's Fan Mail Address
Hi, thanks for posting a great article about Ben. I've been following with his work for as long as I can remember; ever since I've seen his art in Gempak magazine.. Sadly, I'm not quite a fan of the magazine itself but I truly enjoy buying Ben's comic books.

Recently I've written a fan letter to Ben, however, I have no idea how to send it to him.. Do any of you know his fan mail address? I do not want his email as I know people tend to flood emails with spams, therefore, the possibility that my email would ever be read is likely 0%.. Since I don't indulge myself with this uneccessary inanity, I'd prefer to have a solid address which I can deliver my handwritten mail to him..

If any of you may shed some light on this, I'd be ever so grateful. Thanks (",)

-Clarisa-
(Anonymous) on August 20th, 2008 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: Ben's Fan Mail Address
aa...you try to visit this http://bennkomik.blogspot.com. i think tis blog belongs to him cos got his works...i hope it helps...
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(Anonymous) on July 10th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
I like this comic
this comic R interesting
I hope that BEN can draw a better comics
Im expect.......cia yuk
(Anonymous) on July 15th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
Re: I like this comic
BEN THE NEW GENERATION FOR OUR COMIC IN MALAYSIA IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOL///
(Anonymous) on July 16th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
ello everybody
i want ask u something when Le.Gardenie and fatal chaos want come out a new book.... i hope u reply me at my mail yakuza_drif@yahoo.com
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