Taipei, March 7 (CNA) Cory Ko (柯宥希), a Taiwanese manga artist, on Friday won the silver prize at the 15th Japan International Manga Awards, while two other Taiwanese artists were awarded the bronze prizes.
Ko’s work — CliniClowns: Last Goodbye (小丑醫生-最後一次說再見) — won the second highest prize at the competition. She was tied with Ukrainian artist Nataliia Rerekina, who presented Moonchosen, and Spanish artist Jordi Lafebre, for his work Always Never.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony was held online, but the winner from Ukraine could not even show up virtually due to Russia’s invasion of the country.
The 15th Japan International Manga Awards received 484 works from 76 countries around the world, the highest number of entries ever. The winners were one gold medalist, three silver winners and 11 bronze prize winners.
Ko’s CliniClowns: Last Goodbye describes a 17-year-old high school student, Hsiao-han (筱涵), who did not see her dying sister before her sister’s death because she escaped the atmosphere at the hospital’s terminal illness ward.
Hsiao-han regretted her actions and lingered in the hospital corridors all day long until she met a clown doctor with a red nose who helped her find her way out. She then decided to join the training to become another clown doctor to bring happiness to sick children.
Ko’s work was based on a story written by Taiwanese writer Feng Shih (逢時).
The Taiwanese silver award winner, who also won the silver prize at the Fifth Japan International Manga Award, said in the virtual award ceremony that she was delighted to receive the prize and was also touched by the honor, expressing gratitude to the jury.
At the fifth award ceremony, Ko said, she had experienced wonderful exchanges with other participants and felt the high regard and respect of manga in Japan. She promised she will continue to create good manga works until the end of her life.
Taiwanese manga artists Chang Ki-ya (張季雅) won the bronze prize with the work “Formosa Oolong Tea Vol.4 (異人茶跡4:茶迷大稻埕)” and Evergreen Yeh (葉長青) with the work “Mayfly Island (蜉蝣之島).”
The top prize at the Japanese manga competition was clinched by Aimée de Jongh from the Netherlands. The competition was founded by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007 to expand international exchanges and mutual understanding through manga.
In the awards ceremony, Takako Suzuki, Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, conveyed a message from the Ukrainian artist Rerekina, who said she believed the war will end and she will continue to create manga works because comics can encourage many people in peril.
(By Yang Ming-chu and Frances Huang)
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