Comics creator Erica Eng this month became the first-ever Malaysian winner of an Eisner Award, the comics industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. Eng’s webcomic Fried Rice , which depicts the life of a Malaysian teenager, clinched the Best Webcomic award at this year’s Eisners ceremony, which was held virtually amid the coronavirus and announced on Saturday. Her work edged out 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. In a recent interview, Eng described Fried Rice as “a work of autobiographical fiction” that revolves around Min, 17, an aspiring artist and animator from Johor who visits her relatives in Kuala Lumpur. The entire work is about 200 pages, she said on her website. Eng is the first Malaysian comics creator to win an Eisner, though Malaysian-born Singaporean comics creator Sonny Liew had previously won three Eisners in 2017 for The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye . She credited her win to her parents and her faith. “Thank you mom and dad for your unending support and prayers,” she said on Instagram. “And thank you to my Malaysian brothers and sisters who’ve inspired me with your lives to set this story in our own beautiful country.