FLOATING WORLD COMICS PRESENTS:
SPECIAL: UNDERGROUND COMIX FROM CHINA
This October, John Jay from Weiden & Kennedy has organized a series of art exhibits focusing on modern Chinese design, art, photography and fashion. The exhibits span from the Ace Hotel to Old Town, a path that John has dubbed “The New Creative Corridor”. The opening weekend (Oct. 9-10) coincides with the opening of JELLYGEN, next door at the Goldsmith Gallery. http://jellygen.com/
I was given an underground Chinese comics anthology called “Special Comics”, filled with a variety of experimental Chinese comics artists I had never seen before. From this collection we have curated a selection of 9 artists that deserve wider recognition. In addition to digital prints of the artists’ work we will also print affordable zines and minicomics of their work, making their comics available to American audiences for the first time.
WHO: 54boy, Menz, Zao, Guo Qi, Leng Leng, Jiu Haoming, Er Dong, Ann, Wo Wo
WHAT: Art exhibit, minicomic and zine release
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 9th, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
SC (Special Comic) is an indie underground comics anthology created and edited by the young “indie-culture” of China. Although indie comics have developed energetically around the world, in China, the indie culture has just started.
SC Vol.1 was made in 2004, 176 pages, with a limited print run of 500 copies. It was the pioneer for the Chinese indie comics market, including the work of 22 artists in China. The first volume was met with good feedback and established a reputation with the art community. It created a very good foundation for the second SC comic book. That’s why there are 49 young contemporary Chinese artists and designers who have joined us for the second time.
SC editor team:
SC event group: http://www.douban.com/group/scomix/
54boy – Born 1976 / Beijing, China. Graduated from the Central Academy of Art in Beijing, 2000. Major in engraving/painting.
Menz – Born 1983 / Changsha, China. Graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2007. Major in graphic design.
Zao – Born 1980 / Heibei, China. Graduated from Tianjin Academy of Art. Major in fashion design. Living and working as a graphic designer and illustrator in Shanghai.
Guo Qi – Born 80s / Beijing, China. Graduated from Communication University of China. Major in animation.
LengLeng – Born 1984 / Chendu, China. Studied graphic design in college. Working as a magazine illustrator. Now interested in doing underground comics.
Jiu Haoming – Born 1977 / Liaoning, China. Moved to Beijing in 2000, now working and living in Beijing.
Er Dong – Born 1976 / Guangxi, China. Graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Art in 2000. Now work as a freelancer illustrator.
Ann – Born 70s / Beijing, China. Graduated from Beijing University Of Technology in 2002. Major in architecture. Now living and working as an animation director in London.
WoWo – Born 1980 / Shanghai, China . Graduated from Shanghai University . Major in industrial design. Now living and working as a graphic designer and illustrator in Shanghai.