Một bài phỏng vấn với China Computer Arts số tháng 1 và 2/2009 về truyện tranh và Liquid city, buồn cười là BBT đã sơ suất trong khi dựng bài, ghép nhầm tranh của tớ với bài phỏng vấn anh Lefty (hs người Sing) thành ra ở cả 2 số tớ đều dính máu ăn phần được ít tranh vào 😀 hehe
1. How is cartoon developing in your country currently (how about the readers as well) and how is it different from other Asian countries (e.g. how is the living status of cartoonists; where are their sources of jobs/projects from, domestic or overseas)? And how is it different from European countries in cartoon market and cartoon form?
If you meant ‘comic’, then in Vietnam, the comics industry is undeveloped nowadays. People has not concerned about comics so far. The main readers are mostly youth, we don’t have many adult readers (over 20) generally. We comic artists have projects domestically but not many, some worked for overseas publisher..I don’t know much about the living status of comic artist from other Asian countries, but cosmetic comic artist in Vietnam just have a so-so life. You can be rich, but you must work a lot. Things are much easier for those ones who work for international publishers..
2. Currently there are still few cartoon collections like 《Liquid City》in South-east Asia, what made you come up such a collection? What are its advantages? Will its publication bring any impact on this cartoon circles?
In my opinion as a reader, I love to read comics anthologies. I found out that a world of diversified culture is so interesting, it brings about a lot of exploration for myself. About the impact, I quite hope it can, but it kind of depend on the readers and they interests
3. How did you choose works featured in 《Liquid City》?
I have some works on http://phongduong.deviantart.com/, Sonny saw them by chance and he thought it was quite suitable for our Liquid city, so he offered me to participate in this wonderful anthology
4. Can you share your growing experiences in this cartoon industry with our readers? How you developed and established such a style in cartoon creation?
I love comics and fine-art mostly at the same time , I have worked very hard to bring the artistic expression to my comics so far.And I try to learn as much as i can from the very simple but beautiful life around me.
5. When drawing cartoons, you are yourself alone or someone scripts and you draw? How do you think of that?
I have some partners who work on scripts, and we usually discuss and share our ideas about the stories. I think teamwork is an absolutely great way to develop your skill undoubtedly. But sometimes, i prefer doing it myself.
6. What have you got from cartoon creation? How will you develop your cartoon career in future?
I developed and exchanged ideas, improved my painting skills, learnt and shared experience with others to complete the job at a high standard. I also learned a lot of teamwork skills and working attitude . I have a deep love and admiration with the Vietnamese rich traditional cultural values, especially its charming and humorous features. They influenced my thoughts and behavior when I was young, and have become the starting points of my entire comic works so far. To bring out Vietnamese cultures to the world is my very first goal
7. According to your understanding of Chinese cartoon market, any suggestion or opinions to our cartoonists or their works?
I havent read many Chinese comics( or manhua) , most of them are comics about martial art. As far as I know, China has a far step of change and more developed now, so I really hope to see more of your comics that reflect your modern lives and people