The Art of Pho is a deliciously surreal interactive motion comic by Submarine Channel about a lovable creature named Little Blue and his friends. Through an extraordinary sequence of events, Little Blue ends up in Ho Chi Minh City where he learns to master the Art of making Pho (Phở) – Vietnam’s ubiquitous noodle soup. The adventures that ensue set him on a marvelous path of self-discovery.
Based on the graphic novel debut by Julian Hanshaw, The Art of Pho is a moving story and travelogue about friendship, love and discovering your roots, set against the backdrop of Vietnam’s bustling capital.
With animation director Lois van Baarle, Submarine Channel re-created The Art of Pho for the web, adding the dimensions of music, voice acting, hand-drawn animation and interactivity to Hanshaw’s exquisitely drawn artwork.
The graphic novel The Art of Pho was first published by Random House and is available via rbooks.co.uk.
Awards / Nominations
Won: Prix Europa: Best Online Project of the Year 2012
Won: Both the Gold Lovie Award and the People’s Lovie Award in the category Best Use of Interactive Video 2012
Won: FWA Site of the Day – March 3, 2012
Nominated for a 2012 Banff Rockie Award
Nominated for a 2012 Webby Award in the categories Online Film & Video: Animation and Websites: Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics.
The Art of Pho was featured in
Onirisme en phylactères : The Art of Pho – Esprit BD (in French)
Behind the scenes at Submarine Channel – FWA
The Karel Show, March 11, 2012 on California’s KGO Radio 810 AM (at 46:00)
A Motion Comic Based On Julian Hanshaw’s Graphic Novel – The Huffington Post
Interview: The Art of Pho director details how she brought the indie comic to life online – Digital Arts
The Art of Pho: Julian Hanshaw’s Sweeping Online Motion Comic – All My Faves
Numérique et poétique – Le Café Pédagogique
Submarine Channel – The Art Of Pho – It’s Nice That
The Art of Pho – ComicsWorthReading.com
A New Interactive Motion Comic – Lost at E Minor
Art of Pho – Now in motion – Forbidden Planet
Un bol de soupe qui redéfinit les contours de la bande dessinée – LeDevoir.com
The Art of Pho – AQNB
The Art of Phở, du roman graphique au motion comic – WebTelevisionObserver.com
The Art of Pho – Julian Hanshaw – Craig Smith Motion Comics Researcher
Website tương tác độc đáo về phở Việt Nam – Genk