Tanjong Life: Back to the 90s
Remember when we did not need fancy gadgets or the Internet to have fun; when we took the time to send postcards instead of making long video calls? The 90s children sure had a sweet and uncomplicated time growing up, a time when human connection was more important than network connection!
Technologically speaking, the 90s was one of the most transformative decades in human history – it was the bridge between the analog and digital eras. In the early 90s, people stopped at payphones to call loved ones and in long car rides, cassette tapes and FM radios were loyal companions. By the end of the decade, these people were sending text messages, downloading songs into their computers, and using dial-up Internet to perform Yahoo or Ask Jeeves searches!
Want to relive the 90s? Follow the funny adventures of Joe G – a buck-toothed, true-blue Penangite character created by Penang-born cartoonist Azmi Hussin – as he shares a taste of what made the 90s so memorable, from playing the same music on a coin-operated jukebox in a kopitiam to riding the iconic ferry!
For all the advancements we know today, the 90s was still the best decade to grow up in, especially if you were in Penang.
“Tanjong Life: Back to the 90s” is now available for purchase in stores and online via the Festival’s website.
Let’s Talk About Tanjong Life: A Sharing Session by Azmi Hussin
About Azmi Hussin
Azmi Hussin is a Penang-born cartoonist best known for capturing the nostalgia of growing up and living in Penang with his pen. Although he draws inspiration from his idol and mentor, the legendary Malaysian comic artist Datuk Lat, Azmi continues to showcase the breadth of his talent – from comics to still-lifes and portraits – through the years. And as new styles emerge, it becomes apparent that Azmi does not stray away from one common theme – his love for the state. Keen to promote Penang’s cultural stories through his work, Azmi’s creations often highlight elements unique to the state.
Azmi has made it into the Malaysia Book of Records for the most caricatures drawn in 24 hours (2017), the longest coffee painting (2019), and the longest single comic strip (2021). His sophomore book, The Little Mamak, which the National Book Council listed as one of 50 “Malaysia Best Titles” represented Malaysia at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. For his contributions in the industry, he received the PeKOMIK Kembara Award by Persatuan Penggiat Komik (PeKOMIK) Malaysia (2018) and was named Tokoh Kartunis Negeri Pulau Pinang (2021 and 2022).