OUT NOW: The Complete Okko

January 2nd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

OKKO Full HC

After five epic arcs, the long saga of OKKO finally comes to a close. This is one of the first French comics I ever translated, back when Archaia was just starting out. Now Archaia’s an imprint of BOOM! Studios, Okko the demon-hunting samurai is aging, our narrator Tikku is no longer the little boy he took in, and I’m a decade older.

This complete volume contains the four previously published arcs, taking us through the elements Water, Earth, Air, and Fire, adding the latest and final Cycle of Nothingness. It’s been a pleasure to returning to Hub’s lightly fictionalized medieval Japan, with its supernatural pageantry, over the last ten years of my life.

Nie Jun’s My Beijing at Publishers Weekly

January 30th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Two recent pieces at Publishers Weekly–Karen Springen’s article on “The Growth of Chinese Children’s Books” and Shannon Maughan’s Fall 2018 Children’s Sneak Previews–make mention of a lovely, delicate, and whimsical children’s comic I translated last summer:

Beijing 2

My editor at Lerner Graphic Universe and I went through a number of possible titles, though the powers that be eventually settled on My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder.

Yu’er and her grandpa live in a small neighborhood in Beijing—and it’s full of big personalities. There’s a story around every corner, and each day has a hint of magic.

In one tale, Yu’er wants to swim in the Special Olympics, a sports competition for people with disabilities. But she and her grandpa don’t have a pool! Their trick to help Yu’er practice wows the whole neighborhood. In another story, a friend takes Yu’er to a wild place full of musical insects. Later, Yu’er hears a special story about her grandparents. And in the final story, Yu’er and her grandpa show a cranky painter the sweet side of life.

Writer and artist Nie Jun began drawing at an early age by copying lianhuanhua (Chinese sequential art). He later discovered the cartooning legends of Europe, Japan, and elsewhere. He lives in Beijing and teaches drawing to university students. My Beijing is represented by agent Nicolas Grivel, who also co-translated Nie Jun’s original script from Chinese with Qingyuan Zhao.

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