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First comic series about late President Ho Chi Minh published in Vietnam

Monday, May 20, 2019, 15:41 GMT+7
First comic series about late President Ho Chi Minh published in Vietnam
Five comic books about Uncle Ho are seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

Comic books have become the latest medium through which stories about late President Ho Chi Minh are told to Vietnamese children, adding to a great variety of art forms used to depict the life and legacy of Vietnam’s national hero.

On the occasion of the 129th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh on Sunday, Kim Dong Publishing House introduced what it claims to be the country’s first-ever comic series about Vietnam's most honored leader.

Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969), affectionately called Uncle Ho by generations of Vietnamese, was the founder of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

He laid the foundation and led the Vietnamese revolution to victory in the 20th century with the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945.

Titled “Bac Ho Song Mai” (Uncle Ho Lives Forever), the series include five comic strip books, featuring stories about the life and revolutionary career of Ho Chi Minh, especially his moments with children, according to Kim Dong Publishing House.

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

Prior to this comic book series, stories about Uncle Ho have only been depicted in picture books, whose content is mainly text with illustrations, not comic strips.

Luong Xuan Doan, former deputy general director of the Culture and Arts Department under the Party’s propaganda committee, hailed the comics about Uncle Ho as a “fascinating new expression of art."

“Potraying Uncle Ho is a difficult job,” Doan said.

He added that there are few Vietnamese artists who draw Ho Chi Minh in their artworks, and the number of those successfully doing so is even fewer.

The scenes in the comics are deliberately chosen and depicted in a way that revives the old beauty of Vietnamese landscapes in the previous century, while acquainting children with the country’s history and pride.

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A page of a comic about Uncle Ho is seen in this photo taken in Hanoi. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

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