artists draw up fairy tale comic books
A Vietnamese publisher
has published a series of fairy tale comic books with illustrations done by
youngsters using a Japanese illustration technique.
Called Sac Mau Co Tich
(Colour of Fairy Tale), the comics were released last month by Kim Dong
Publisher and PT Tech Company with characters rendered in the Chibi style.
Chibi is a style where
cartoon characters are shrunk into small, adorable, child-like forms, usually
for comedic purpose. It has become very popular in Viet Nam.
Phan Thi My Hanh, director
of PT Tech Company, said children preferred to read fairy tales told in an
innocent and funny manner and that was why people just out of college were
retained for the job.
Hoai Sam, Ngoc Lam, Hong
Truc, and Thanh Hang were selected through the Creating Fairy Tale Competition
PT Tech organised in early 2005.
My Hanh said the thinking
was that their ideas about the scripts and pictures would be close to children’s
Thanh Hang, one of the
creators, said: "The pictures must be attractive and the style familiar to
children." So, she said, the creators had to study carefully the characters’
psychology and fairy tales’ motifs.
Another creator, Hong
Truc, said the characters were painted in a loveable manner and looked
characters like Thien Loi (Thunder God), Ong Tao (Kitchen God), and Neptune are
already familiar to children," she said.
Hoai Sam said the Colour
of Fairy Tale was drawn in five colours. Red represented heroic characters; blue
fairy tales about animals and trees; yellow princes in castles; pink magic; and
violet emotions and morals.
She also revealed they
planned to create a series featuring comic and jolly characters in orange. —