Comic series “Gateway to Underworld” (Địa Ngục Môn) by Vietnamese artist Can Tieu Hy has won the Silver Award of the 10th Japan International MANGA Award, according to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From nearly 300 submissions, a total of 14 winners, including one Gold Award and three Silver Award winners, were chosen following the selection process carried out by the jury of the award in cooperation with the Association of MANGA Publishers in Japan.
This is the second time Vietnamese comics won the award, with the first chapter of the comic series “Legend of the Dragon General” (Long Thần Tướng) by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thanh Phong winning the Silver Award of its 9th edition last year.
An award ceremony will be held on February 6 in Tokyo with the participation of the Gold and Silver winners.
“Gateway to Underworld” tells a story about a girl named Tu who falls into hell and her journey of getting back to the human realm.
The series was published in Vietnam last year. Its first four chapters are available on the website of the comic alliance Comicola.
Can Tieu Hy is one of the most prominent young artists in the Vietnamese comic scene, known for her refined drawing techniques and stories with mysterious, supernatural elements.
The Japan International MANGA Award is given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to MANGA artists who have contributed to the promotion of MANGA overseas.
Marking its 10th anniversary last year, the award received 296 entries from 55 countries and regions.
Countries and regions with most entries are Taiwan (1st: 41 entries), Thailand (2nd: 33 entries), China (3rd: 27 entries).
Update from the artist:
You can buy soft-cover copy of the Vietnamese version via:
1- Online purchase at Comicola (delivery time estimated at 1-2 days).
2- Direct purchase at Comicola office in Hanoi and HCMC:
Comicola Hanoi: no. 20 lane 7 Thai Ha street (Hotline 01688.888.262)
Comicola HCMC: 55 Tran Nhat Duat street, D.1 (Hotline 0904.855.405)
The English version is being translated. Follow the artist’s Facebook page for updates.