Comics Art in China

By John Lent and Xu Ying

In the most comprehensive and authoritative source on this subject, Comics Art in China covers almost all comics art forms in mainland China, providing the history from the nineteenthcentury to the present as well as perspectives on both the industry and the art form.

This volume encompasses political, social, and gag cartoons, lianhuanhua (picture books), comic books, humorous drawings, cartoon and humor periodicals, and donghua (animation) while exploring topics ranging from the earliest Western-influenced cartoons and the popular, often salacious, 1930s humor magazines to cartoons as wartime propaganda and comics art in the reform. Coupling a comprehensive review of secondary materials (histories, anthologies, biographies, memoirs, and more) in English and Chinese with the artists' actual works, the result spans more than two centuries of Chinese animation. Structured chronologically, the study begins with precursors in early China and proceeds through the Republican, wartime, Communist, and market economy periods.

Based primarily on interviews senior scholar John A. Lent and Xu Ying conducted with over one hundred cartoonists, animators, and other comics art figures, Comics Arts in China sheds light on tumult and triumphs. Meticulously, Lent and Ying describe the evolution of Chinese comics within a global context, probing the often-tense relationship between expression and government, as well as proving that art can be a powerful force for revolution. Indeed, the authors explore Chinese comics art as it continues to grow and adapt in the twenty-first century. Enhanced with over one hundred black-and-white and color illustrations, this book stands out as not only the first such survey in English, but perhaps the most complete one in any language.

John Lent is a member of IAMCR, editor of the International Journal of Comic Art and founder of IAMCR's Comic Art Working Group.

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Comics Art in China
Authors: John Lent and Xu Ying
Published: 2017
Pages: 288
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 978-1-4968-1174-5

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