Ah yes, tracing a scene from Sin City. Stay classy Chang Sheng, Chinese or rather Taiwanese Mcdonalds Art house at it’s best. Anyways, after last time the story switches to a prisoner on death row who while in transit has an accident and sees the symbol of Nine Lives. As for what he has to do with the story? You gotta read it to find that out.
Yep, more Chang Sheng! This time it’s the first chapter of his latest work: Nine Lives man. This one in particular is an influenced remake of the manhua of the same name which was released way back in 1985, read quite a bit by students in Taiwan and China at the time. Though you wouldn’t really know that unless you are familiar with the name and the story behind it.
Anyway, here’s a spoiler free description of the comic:
Chang Sheng’s adaption of “Nine Lives Man” is here for the 30th anniversary! The story follows Meng Jiu Ge (Nine Lives Meng) as what seems like a chance encounter with a homeless man leads him to understand that his life is only one of many He will live as he tries to understand the destruction of the city and those mysterious masked people that visited him.
Now this has been something I’ve wanted to do for ages but sadly couldn’t get a physical copy, so I settled for the scans I found online. Anyhow if your familiar with the artstyle you’ll notice that once again it is Chang Sheng’s from Oldman fame. This particular short story comes from the collection of the same name, wherein a bunch of authors published their stories for some event that I can’t remember. Chang Sheng’s story features an astronaut taking part in humanities first hyperspace flight test, naturally an anomaly a happens and the main character is flung to an unknown planet where he sees the Mona Lisa and then wakes up on an earth that is not his own.
What is the connection between him and the Mona Lisa? And will he ever see his wife or daughter again? It’s a great read, you won’t be disappointed.
Also I might be interested in doing some other Chang Sheng works though since there only way to get them is to more or less buy them I’d need support getting them since I’m practically broke at the moment.
Chang Sheng really does know how to do great color pages. I’m working on the The Dreamers of the Louvre at the moment and it really is amazing. Wish some of his stuff was actually officially released outside Taiwan and a few French releases.
Now I know it’s been a good two years (yes really) since I last put out part two of Chang Sheng’s Stanle but honestly I just kinda forgot about it. Not that anyone even bothered to remind me lmao probably because it’s pretty meh. Though I thought I might as well put another part out all things considered. Also if there’s one thing I can say above all else…it’s that Chang Sheng must be a butt man.
I’ve been looking for an excuse to put this. Anyway the links are below as usual for the two people that are gonna read this.
Hokazono Masaya has been hard at work on his new Freak Island spinoff which seems to be something like grimm’s fairy tales, from his Twitter at least that’s the impression he gives. As you may have noticed characters such as Marie and Kaoru are present though at the moment it’s unknown what shape or form their characters will take in this new manga as now there are many children. Hmm…I’m thinking Children of the corn or some kind of wicker man thing with the masks going on. Apparently he’s finished work on the second chapter of this manga though he hasn’t given an indication on what magazine if any at all it will be published in.
Hopefully some more news of this will come out in the future considering previously he had stated that the final draft for Freak Island was finished over a month ago.