“The Boat,” an Interactive Comic About the Fall of Saigon
In 1975, after Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese army, millions of people fled the country. Nam Le’s short story “The Boat,” which appears in an anthology of the same name, is an emotional look at the experience of refugees who fled by boat to Australia. To mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the short story was adapted into an interactive comic produced by SBS and illustrated by Matt Huynh.
Huynh is no stranger to the subject matter. His comic Ma is also about the experience of Vietnamese refugees, and his distinctive style works perfectly with Le’s story. With more than 300 illustrations created, including 59 with custom sound and animation, the interactive comic is an experience that echoes the tragic, claustrophobic ambiance of the original. There are also little side stories to explore via arrows that go more in-depth about the refugee experience. If you have 20 minutes to kill today (and let’s face it, you do), take a moment to explore every morsel of this well-crafted adaptation.