Vietnamese Comic “Gateway to Underworld” Wins International Manga Award

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.

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Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of, a registered charity that she co-founded with Jenny Daneels in 2016. The site is dedicated to supporting and promoting arts criticism with a regional perspective in Southeast Asia. Kathy has worked in the arts for over 25 years, working in the areas of critical writing and arts advocacy, with a special interest in media platforms for the arts. She is the Project Lead for ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asian Arts and Culture Censorship Documentation Project, launched in 2021. She has written extensively on censorship of arts and culture in Malaysia. She was a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, 2019.

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