Matt Huyhn: “The Boat”

ADC Member illustrates interactive graphic novel based on Vietnamese resettlement in Australia

Special Broadcasting Service — the Australian public media network — has honored the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the subsequent Vietnamese resettlement by releasing an interactive graphic novel based on the acclaimed story The Boat by Nam Le. The project is illustrated by Brooklyn-based artist and ADC Member Matt Huyhn.

“The Boat is the most urgent and immediate comic I’ve ever made, a work of a kind I’ve never quite seen before and a unique chance to engage an issue so entangled with my own life.,” says Matt, whose Vietnamese-Australian background makes this a very personal project. “It’s a work that deals not in metaphor or analogy, not exclusively fiction or history and impossible to segment artist from subject. This resulting work is proof of my life, luck, of a country’s compassion for people in the most vulnerable of circumstances over 40 years ago and our urgent, unavoidable connection to today’s asylum seekers and refugees.”



“The Boat”
An interactive graphic novel of the acclaimed short story by Nam Le.
Adapted + Illustrator – Matt Huynh
Producer – Kylie Boltin
Interaction Developer + Animator – Matt Smith
Sound Designer – Sam Petty (Animal Kingdom, The Rover)
Produced by SBS Online.


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