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monkey comic

Last night my neighbour came upstairs with a comic book he'd bought in China, telling the same story I saw at the 'Monkey: Journey to the West' opera I saw recently. I did a study of the monkey character in one of the panels with my brush pen:

Here are the covers:

And inside (click to enlarge):

And moving on to Japan...
I just heard from Paul Gravett that there's a fantastic opportunity to go to Kyoto for Lingua Comica 3:
Could you be one of the 14 to 16 lucky artists selected for this amazing opportunity to travel to Japan and the Kyoto International Manga Museum and become part of Lingua Comica 3?

With a deadline of July 30th, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has just put out the call for applications for 2008's comics cultural exchange between young English-speaking comics creators aged preferably 20 to 35 and based in Asia and Europe. Here's your chance to collaborate first in pairs online from September 1st to November 1st, before flying to Kyoto, Japan to finalise your joint project together in person from November 9th to 13th in an intensive residence. This is followed by an exhibition, panel discussions, visits and seminars for a further three days until November 16th and the completed works will be published in book form.

More details here: http://www.paulgravett.com/articles/131_lingua_comica/131_lingua_comica.htm
Paul says he's pretty sure they'll include at least one Brit, and bizarrely none have applied yet. So if you're British and make comics, go for it, you might stand a good chance!


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Jul. 29th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
Yey monkey is awesome, Have you seen the classic tv show of it?
Jul. 29th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)
No, I'm pretty new to this whole monkey thing! I wonder if any of the show is online, hmm.
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
If you want I could mail you a copy of the show for you to watch on your PC
Jul. 29th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)

i'm toying with the idea of drawing a comic version of journey to the west to practice my comic skills! back to reading the book on monday!

also that lingua comica thing sounds so cool. sure wish i were a european!
Jul. 29th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Happy reading! :-) Yeah, I so wish I could apply as well. It's the same month that I know will be my crunch time with Bologna deadlines, I think either my agent or my publisher would shoot me.
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
Yay! I love your monkey study.

Also- You always find the coolest stuff!
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Nice pic!!! I bought a brush pen once, but it never did as it was told. Didn't feel like an extension of my hand at all, so mucho respect to anyone who can do THIS witrh them!
Yeah, the "Monkey" TV show was a CLASSIC! Made in Japan and atrociously dubbed into English. I remember it really messed with my early perceptions of gender because the Buddhist monk character (Tripitaka, if memory serves?) who was clearly meant to be male and addressed by the others as "Master", was played by a girlie who looked totally hot even with her completely shaven head. Ah, they don't make 'em like that no more...
Jul. 29th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know what you mean about Tripitaka, her gender was really ambiguous in the opera, too. And she looked SO much like a Gorillaz character, more than any of the other ones.
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Had to do my own version - more inspired by the TV than anything else.
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Monkey King!
Another good version of this character is the Monkey King in "American Born Chinese" by Gene Yang. Though Yang skews the character toward his own Christianity (there's one God, his attendants are Eastern versions of the Apostles, the Monkey King goes on a hegira to visit the infant Jesus), it's still a great story.
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the incident in the panels you show above is retold in Yang's book.
Jul. 29th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Cool, I keep meaning to read that book. Must do it!
Jul. 29th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
aiieee monkey! he's so fancy free!
Jul. 29th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
He is! :-D
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Jul. 29th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Julie! It's just a copy of a detail of one of the panels, but I think it looks really nice blown up larger.
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