Copies of the first volume of the graphic novel "Truyen thuyet Long Than Tuong" in three different covers. Photo credit: Zing.vn
A self-published graphic novel which has taken Vietnamese fans by storm the past two years has won the second prize at Japan's International Manga Award, news website Zing reported on Wednesday.
"Truyen thuyet Long Than Tuong" (The Holy Dragon Imperator) features an alternative history tale of Vietnam during the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400). It was the first Vietnamese work to be honored at the annual award organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan since 2006.
A reboot of a 2004 popular comic series by artist Nguyen Thanh Phong and writer Nguyen Khanh Duong, it was the first graphic novel be published in Vietnam through crowdfunding and also the most successful so far.
The first two volumes were released in 2014 and 2015, funded by VND582 million from comic fans. The third volume is expected to be released this year.