On December 12, 2023, at BHD Star Thao Dien theater, the Award Ceremony of the first season of Comic Creation Contest – COMINK took place. While season 2 of the competition (launched in August 2023) is in full swing, the best faces of season 1 have been revealed.
COMINK is an annual comic creation competition starting in 2022 founded by Australian filmmaker Paul Brenner along with film director – producer Charlie Nguyen and friends. The contest is for everyone who is passionate about telling stories with drawings, regardless of level, experience, age, gender or region. The only requirement is that the comic must be original and unpublished. Charlie Nguyen and his colleagues hope to find unique stories to turn into movies or TV series, like the big studios in Hollywood and Japan have been doing.
The first season of the competition ended after more than a year, with 170 entries. Many contestants participated in two works at the same time with two completely different themes. Of these, 26 works went through three rounds of rigorous selection to reach the final round. Finally, the jury selected the 7 best works to award the First, Second, Third and 4 consolation prizes. In addition, the amount of online voting played a big role in the contestants’ final scores.
The contest organizers were overwhelmed with the contestants’ creativity, through their delicate drawings, ability to design unique characters, and unique color combinations. Contestants also showed their exploration and exploitation of many different story genres, from action, historical, sci-fi, mystery to gentle love stories. The choice of topics for the submitted works brought many surprises to the judges, because the contestants completely broke away from familiar everyday themes or story motifs, and instead had the freedom to fly. and create many attractive characters. What’s interesting is that the ages and professions of the contestants are very diverse, from 12-year-old students to middle-aged people, and even famous actors.
Director Charlie Nguyen – judge of the contest said: “The creativity and drawing ability of the contestants in season 1 are really impressive. This is a great starting point for creating exceptional origin stories. I am very happy to witness Vietnamese comic talents showing off their talents. Hopefully COMINK will continue to receive more excellent works in season 2. We hope you will spread this contest so we can know more talented young people.”
In the contestants of season 1, Nhung Kate is a special name. The actress did not use the stage name Nhung Kate to participate in the contest with her sister Duong Hoai Thuong. Sharing with the press, Nhung Kate said that although she is quite busy with the filming and promotion schedule of the movie The Continential – a prequel series about the famous big screen assassin character John Wick, she still supported her sister to complete her assignment. exam, and only withdraw at the final stage. The work “Dragon Descendants” written by two sisters won the consolation prize. Sharing with the press, Nhung Kate revealed that the work was drawn based on the script of her boyfriend Johny Tri Nguyen.
The winning contestants were sponsored by the Vietnam Academy of Comics and Animation with attractive courses worth up to 20 million VND. In addition, each winner will also be sponsored by Phan Thi company, the most popular XPPen electronic drawing board on the market today.
“If you look at Japan, Korea or America, you can easily see the success of works originating from comics, and I believe this can absolutely happen in Vietnam. We have had many working sessions with international partners and clearly see a very potential path to building a solid content warehouse for filmmakers from the creations of young artists who love stories. painting. This path may take a long time to build, but it is completely worth pursuing.” – Paul Brenner, co-founder, shared about the next journey for the winners.
Thierry Nguyen – Director of Vietnam’s leading special effects company (BadClay, AIUI Studio) expressed his excitement when viewing the submitted works: “I am very impressed with the enthusiasm and consistency that you have for the competition. each of your entries. I clearly understand the time and effort you have put in. I think some works have the potential to go further than just stopping at this game.”
Master Phan Vu Linh: Lecturer in the Department of Comics at the University of Fine Arts and Director of the Digital Art program at Hoa Sen University said: “I have judged many competitions, but when I came to Comink, I was very surprised by the contestants. Students are not limited in topic or expression. That is the most successful thing about this contest. Because usually, when coming to a certain contest, people want to please the judges or a certain taste trend, but in this contest, you are very bold in showing many different ways to clarify your identity. each person’s best color.
Season 2 of the COMINK competition is still ongoing. The total prize value of the contest is up to 300 million VND. In addition to cash prizes, winners also receive in-kind rewards as well as valuable courses with experts in the field of fine arts and film production.