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Graphic novels chart Myanmar's history

Exotic climate, turbulent past an inspiration to comic writers

R.D. Nolane and Felix Molinari, "The Flying Tigers" (1994), left, and Will and Maurice Tillieux, "Adventure in Burma" (1976)

CANBERRA/YANGON -- Before 1988, Myanmar (then known as Burma) did not feature prominently in comic strips, comic books and graphic novels. After the nationwide pro-democracy uprising that year, however, the situation suddenly changed. Assisted by the global campaign being waged against the military regime, Myanmar found a new place in popular culture.

These days, graphic novels in particular are influencing perceptions of the country and its government, by conveying images and views directly to an international audience.

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