Fans Crowdfund Vietnamese Comic Book

Though the call for donations only went out last month, local readers have been quick to support Long Than Tuong, or Marshal Long, a fictional historical comic which follows 13th-century teenager Long as he fights against the Chinese invaders of Vietnam’s Tran dynasty. Long Than Tuong first debuted a decade ago and is now being revived by a group of young artists and storytellers who have chosen to crowdfund the project, a rare move in Vietnam. Already, the comic is nearing the halfway mark of its fundraising goal. A local publisher has offered to foot the bill, but the team aims to produce the comic independently, as they believe it will afford them more creative control.