Coco Wang’s Sichuan Earthquake Strips

June 5th, 2008 by Josh Neufeld  

In the wake of the May 12 Sichuan earthquake, Chinese cartoonist Coco Wang has been hard at work doing comics reportage. Using a streamlined manga style, with just black, white, and red, she’s used news reports to create one-page strips about the Chinese earthquake’s victims, survivors, and rescuers. As Wang says, “I drew these stories in English so that everyone in the world would be able to learn our stories. . . . I hope these stories could show . . . readers the love, warmth and courage of the Chinese people, also the sad and cruel reality of the horrible 5.12 Earthquake.” In the tradition of manga, the tone of the strips are a bit melodramatic, but they’re a fine corollary to what we’re doing with A.D., using real people’s stories to bring large-scale disaster to human dimensions. They stories are horrifying and inspiring, gruesome and lyrical, and I encourage you to check them out; they’re still being updated.

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