Thai Artist Kosin Jeenseekong Wins 6th Int'l Manga Award
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced the winner and runners-up of its Sixth International Manga Awards on Friday. Thai artist Kosin Jeenseekong won the highest award for Listening to the Bell, a story about a rock dummer named Khun-Thong. When his mother remarries, Khun-Thong goes to live with his music instructor father. However, when his father passes away, he decides to live with his father's young second wife and students, all while learning to master traditional Thai instruments.
Thailands's Ittiwat Suriyamart (Melon Seed School Vol.3), China's Yao Wei (Floating Flower), and Indonesia's Muhammad Fathanatul Haq and Ockto Baringbing (5 Menit Sebelum Tayang/5 minutes before airing) won awards of excellence or Silver Awards.
International Manga AwardKosin Jeenseekong
Listening to the Bell
Awards of ExcellenceIttiwat Suriyamart
Melon Seed School Vol.3
Muhammad Fathanatul Haq and Ockto Baringbing
5 Menit Sebelum Tayang (5 minutes before airing)
A total of 245 works were submitted from 38 countries worldwide — 100 more entries than last year's 245 from 30 countries. 189 entries were submitted in the fourth year, 303 entries which were submitted from 55 countries the third year, 368 entries from 46 countries were submitted during the second year, and 222 entries from 22 countries were submitted during the first year of the awards.
American writer Joe Kelly and Spanish cartoonist JM Ken Niimura won the top award for the graphic novel I Kill Giants last year. Chinese creator Xiao Bai won the top award in the 2010 contest with Si loin et si proche ("So Far, Yet So Close"). Thai creator Jakraphan Huaypetch (a.k.a. Ton Huaypetch) won the Gold Award in 2009 for the basketball story Super Dunker. Hong Kong's Lau Wan Kit won 2008's top award for Feel 100%. Another Hong Kong artist, 43-year-old Lee Chi Ching, won the first International Manga Award in 2007 for his Sun Zi's Tactics comic series. Former Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Asō, a self-professed manga fan, announced the creation of the awards in May of 2007.