Coinciding with the recent release of Tom Yum Goong (that’s Thai for “shrimp soup”) is the comic of the same name.
So we might finally see a Thai comic book break into the international market. With all the licensing surrounding the international release of Prachya Pinkaew and Tony Jaa’s latest movie I’m wondering if the comic will even live up to the hype as most film-to-comics adaptations seem to fail miserably.
The comic will be published by (the Thai version is already out) Vibulkij and is created by the team of Jirapong Sornakorn “Yoong” (“Mosquito”) plus a couple of assistants. Fellow cartoonist, Mongkorn Sorapol, will be headlining the creation of the comic Kon Bin Hern Fah (“The Flying Man”) which is also based on Tony Jaa’s character, Kham, from Tom Yum Goong.
Apparently there was also an Ong-Bak (image to the right) cartoon book published a while back as well (see link below for some scans).
“Tom Yum Goong Sketches” DekNang.com August 12, 2005 (in Thai)
“Entertainment: See the movie, read the comic book” Sirivish Toomgum August 22, 2005
Ong-Bak (movie IMDB page)
Petchtai Wongkamlao (actor IMDB page)
Prachya Pinkaew (director IMDB page)
Tom Yum Goong (movie IMDB page)
Tony Jaa (actor IMDB page)
Tonyjaa.org (The Unofficial Tony Jaa website)