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Young artists draw up fairy tale comic books

Update: December, 05/2005 - 00:00

Young 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 own.

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 "very cute".

"Chibi style 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. — VNS

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