A beautiful debut graphic novel--that looks like an art book--from a young female artist in mainland China. With minimal text and grand illustrations, often full-page, this work may well remind you of Manu Arenas' Yaxin.
From the publisher:
This is the first European publication of this young and very talented Chinese graphic artist who has been able to combine the Chinese pictorial tradition with the modernity of the comic strip.
The wind blowing in the pines. A Chinese initiation tale.
The young Yaya leaves his village to brave storms and fight wild beasts serving a terrible demon: Rakshasa, the cannibal woman. Helped by the fairy of the Juiling mountains, he learns about the mysteries of nature and learns how to read the wind, a very useful thing to fight the demons and ghosts at Rakshasa's service.
Born in the 1990s in Guangdong, in the south of China, Zao Dao is one of the youngest artists of the Chinese avant-garde. A virtuoso artist and illustrator, her talent as a watercolor artist is already unanimously recognized in China. She began publishing her drawings on the Internet in 2011. She has a very original style mixing the traditional elements of Chinese painting with a great modern graphic, with textural effects in the choice of her papers. Under her brush, the characters she creates sometimes give the impression that she is a rebellious and marginal teenager, but her quest for freedom remains her first pledge of creativity.