An exhibition at Printed Matter features 15 artists whose serial comics play with the conventions of narrative.
R. Orion Martin
R. Orion Martin is an Iowa-born writer and translator who currently
lives in Chengdu, China. You can find more of his work at
Why Marvel Fired an Artist for Inserting Religious and Political Messages into an X-Men Comic
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A Graphic Novel Reimagines ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in 1980s Brooklyn
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Despite Scandals and Slashed Funding, an Art Museum Perseveres in China
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The Meandering Comics and Narrative Paintings of an Independent Chinese Cartoonist
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A Chinese Performance Artist Who Balances Politics and Poetics
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The Shifting Seasons of One of China’s Oldest Public Parks
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An Opinionated Chinese Art Critic Who Breaks the Mold
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