Vietnamese comics win silver award at 9th International Manga Awards in Japan

The comic ‘Truyen Thuyet Long Than Tuong’ (Legend of the Dragon General) has been honoured with the Silver Prize of the 9th International MANGA Award.

Painter Nguyen Thanh Phong speaks at the awards ceremony in Japan on February 26 Painter Nguyen Thanh Phong speaks at the awards ceremony in Japan on February 26

Painter Nguyen Thanh Phong representing authors of the comic received the prize at a ceremony held at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ HQ in Japan on February 26.

The book, Long Than Tuong, is based on historical events in the Tran dynasty, which ruled Vietnam from 1225 to 1400, coupled with modern twist. Instead of illustrating using computer-generated graphics, the authors drew completely by hand, a process which is time-consuming but makes the images more vivid.

Author-Thanh-Phong-and-Long-Than-TuongLong Than Tuong

Two volumes of the series, which is the brainchild of playwright Nguyen Khanh Duong and painters Nguyen Thanh Phong and Nguyen My Anh, together with researcher Tran Quang Duc, have been published since November 2014.

Painter Phong will represent the group at the award ceremony and interact with international authors there.

"Our first volume won the silver prize, which is not the highest award," Duong said. "But it has been selected from hundreds of entries from all over the world. That's why we are very moved and proud."

The International MANGA Award is presented by the Japanese ministry to MANGA artists who have contributed to the promotion of MANGA around the world.

Chairman of the jury board is the Japanese top cartoonist Machiko Satonka, along with the board’s members who are leading comics artists and comics publishers in Japan.

This year’s event drew the participation of 259 entries from 46 countries and territories.

A total of 14 winners, including one Gold Award work and three Silver Award works were selected. The Gold Award went to an entry from Israel entitled ‘Divine’.

The Award has been held annually since 2007 with the aim of introducing Japanese culture and promoting international exchanges through comic culture that is widely popular around the world.


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