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Winner of the 7th International MANGA Award (Bronze)
Ten Sticks and One Rice by Oh Yong Hwee, illustrated by Koh Hong Teng

Singapore, 24 February 2014—Epigram Books is thrilled to announce that Ten Sticks and One Rice by Oh Yong Hwee and illustrated by Koh Hong Teng has been awarded an International MANGA Award (Bronze).

Initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and organised by the International MANGA Award Executive Committee with the co-operation of The Japan Cartoonists Association, the International MANGA Award has been established to honour MANGA artists who contribute to the promotion of MANGA overseas.

The 7th International MANGA Award received 256 entries from 53 countries. We’re proud that Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng’s graphic novel is the only Singaporean winner. The full list of winners is available here.

Join us in honouring the creators of Ten Sticks and One Rice. An award presentation ceremony cum book-signing session will take place on March 2 2014 (Sunday), 2pm, at the Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store.

For interviews, review copies, or further media enquiries, please contact:

Ilangoh Thanabalan | Sales & Marketing Manager, Epigram Books, +65 6292 4456


Illegal bookie. Secret society member. Street hawker. Neo Hock Seng is all these, and more. As Singapore transforms from a kampong to a cosmopolitan city, Hock Seng struggles to make sense of life and eke out a living, even as he finds his old ways and values increasingly challenged. Reviewed by Akshita Nanda of The Straits Times, Ten Sticks and One Rice was called “incredibly moving and rejuvenating…It has been a while since a book left me sobbing in the middle of the night”.

Ten Sticks and One Rice is part of Epigram Books’ 2012 initiative to publish a collection of graphic novels by a group of Singapore-based creators—from seasoned comics veterans to fresh, emerging talents—challenging readers (Singaporean or otherwise) to see themselves and Singapore with humour, wonder and curiosity. In 2013, a short story featured in Monsters, Miracles and Mayonnaise by drewscape, published by Epigram Books, was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award for Best Short Story.

In 2015, Eisner-nominated and Young Artist Award-winner Sonny Liew will also be published by Epigram Books with The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. In addition, Koh Hong Teng’s graphic novel Last Train from Tanjong Pagar will also be published as part of this initiative. 

The Singapore-based publisher Epigram Books is on the watch for other comics talents and is keen to receive manuscript submissions for graphic novels and comics.


Oh Yong Hwee is the CEO and Creative Director of Patroids Creative Works, a Singapore-based creative agency. He enjoys the challenge of conceptualising ideas that blend creativity and technology, and has won awards and accolades on the local, regional and international stage. In July 2011, Yong Hwee and Hong Teng were invited by The Straits Times to imagine how a Singapore superhero would be like. Yong Hwee earned his BSc in Computing from the University of London while serving as a naval officer in the Singapore Navy.


Koh Hong Teng is a comic artist and painter based in Singapore. He published the graphic novels Gone Case Book 1 and 2 with writer Dave Chua in 2010 and 2011 respectively. In 2011, he was one of the recipients of the Arts Creation Fund from the National Arts Council. In 2012, he was commissioned by the National Library Board to illustrate a 16-page comic story for the irememberSG project. He is also an external examiner at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for final year projects in Illustration Design.

February 24, 2014 by Epigram Books Admin