Malaysian comics creator Erica Eng has been nominated for Eisner Award for her webcomic Fried Rice Comic, which depicts the life of a young girl living in Kuala Lumpur.
Published on friedricecomic.tumblr.com, Fried Rice is "a work of autobiographical fiction", according to the official description Eng has on the website. It also says the "finished comic is estimated to be ~200 pages in length". At the time of writing, Eng has published 40-plus pages of the weekly webcomic so far.
Eng follows in the footsteps of other Malaysian comic creators to have been recognised by the Eisners, which are the comic industry's equivalent of the Oscars. Reimena Yee's The Carpet Merchant Of Konstantiniyya was nominated in 2018 for the Best Digital Comic Eisner, while artist Tan Eng Huat was nominated for the Best Penciller/Inker Eisner in 2003 for his work on DC Comics’ Justice League Of America.
Malaysian-born Singaporean comics creator Sonny Liew won three Eisners in 2017 for The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.
Fried Rice Comic will be competing in the Best Webcomic category alongside fellow nominees Cabramatta by Matt Huynh, Chuckwagon at The End Of The World by Erik Lundy, The Eyes by Javi de Castro, and reMIND by Jason Brubaker.
The Eisner Awards are traditionally given out during a ceremony at the annual Comic Con International in San Diego, which is usually held in July. However, with this year's Comic-Con cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no ceremony. According to the official website, the Eisners will still be given out in July, but the method and exact date has not been announced yet.
Go here for the full list of Eisner Award nominees