Sunday, 6 July 2008
Thank you very much for reading my earthquake comics. I am very happy to receive your comments and feedback.
I would love to share more of my comic artworks with you. This series of comics is from the comic book Coco Goes To Study In England that I published in Hong Kong in 2007.
I went to study in the UK when I was 15. It was a tremendous culture-shock experience for me to take my A levels in a girls' boarding school in North Yorkshire, where I sang hymns every morning and fed horses; I got lost at the backstage of the Royal Opera House in London and ended up sketching dancers of Kirov Ballet; I made a plaster bust of the Phantom Of The Opera and was invited to a free show by the singer who played the phantom; in a very unexpected way I did the first nude drawing of my life by walking into the wrong classroom; I was extremely confused with the concept of contemporary art when I was told to appreciate Duchamp's toilet seat...
For 8 years in the UK, I have become a blend of the East and the West. The difference between our cultures does not always represent 'gaps', there are more pleasures and opportunities to appreciate what is new to us. :)
From now on I will regularly update the Coco Wang Comics Blog which is dedicated to my Coco Goes To Study In England comic stories.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Friday, 13 June 2008
Hello. This is Coco Wang.
As you know the breaking news of 5.12 Earthquake in China, almost all the TV channels in China are broadcasting 24 hours non-stop of every development and stories of all the rescue operations in all damaged locations.
I don't know how much information the BBC or any UK media received from us, I imagine the UK audiences were presented with the major developments of the incident, but you are probably unaware of many important and inside details which are only known to people inside China.
The amount of incredibly moving stories of victims, rescuers, volunteers is simply shocking at the moment. I have been collecting newspapers of all the stories, and telling them in the form of comic strips. I hope these stories could show the UK readers the love, warmth and courage of the Chinese people, also the sad and cruel reality of the horrible 5.12 Earthquake.
I am back home in Beijing now. Thousands of heart-breaking stories are happening 24 hours non-stop everyday, some are so sad that you can hardly bear, some are incredibly moving that you just can't stop crying... I wanted to go to the front to help with all those people, some of my friends have already gone there, but I heard that the traffic needed to be kept totally clear for rescue transportation at the moment, people like me without knowledge of first-aid and experience of rescue operations going there now would cause choas and trouble... but I can't just sit at home and do nothing, I have been crying my eyes out in the past three days, I have never felt more proud of my country and people... their love, courage and kindness rock me to my core! I have decided to tell these touching stories by drawing comics. I am going to send you comic strips almost everyday from now on, I hope you could know something about the earthquake in China, although you don't have to do anything, but I hope you could feel our love and hope.
Thank you all so much.