Push Comics: New Paradise cover.
Along with the Su-Kov’s I also got some comic books by Taiwanese artist Push, this is the cover of one of them. Awesome drawing style.
Tang Dynasty poetry by Li Bai, Cui Hu and Wang Han translated and illustrated by Sharon Rudahl http://thegraphiccanon.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/contributor-interviews-week-1-sharon-rudahl/
Oooh, a Chinese band that sings for foreign audiences goes abroad and sings for different foreign audiences!
Nothing wrong with it, but I wish people would look at bands like Carsick Cars as what they are, i.e. a minor phenomenon that says more about the tastes of non-Chinese audiences (in this and many other cases, Michael Pettis) than about anything else. No, they are not indicative of anything broader. No, the fact that they wrote a song called “Zhongnanhai” doesn’t mean anything.
If you ever visit China, be prepared to dive deep into the proper wormhole that is their music scene. It happened to me, and it happens to almost everyone. In fact, why not do it right now? Start with the tenzenmen bandcamp. It’s all uphill from there. Hell, since returning from my trip to kick off The World Underground, I have sent many people down that path, and met many more who are all equally excited.
"They’re still one of the most popular [obscure indie] bands in China."
Still it’s hard to imagine actually popular bands like 凤凰传奇 ever taking off in an non-ironic way abroad.