I think that every youth has a period when they have secrets that even their mothers are unaware of.
They are subject to upheavals and transformation s restricted to only those who still have a lot of youth left to squander. For me, the 80s was a rich and vital era in Taiwan.
My hope is that a book such as this one will enable people to retain a firm grasp on memories of that captivating era. — Sean Chuang
Heroes of the East Chou Dynasty 1,2,3
T he representative work of Chen Uen, Taiwanese manga master and “Asian treasure”.
The 20th Anniversary Edition, with some original illustrations that weren’t included in the previous Chinese edition and some new color illustrations.
Won an award from the Japan Manga Artists Association and established Chen’s place in Manga firmament.
Heroes of the East Chou Dynasty is both Chen Uen’s most representative work and also an important milestone in the history of Taiwan’s comics. The series was originally commissioned by the Japanese manga publisher Kodansha and was published in serial form in one of its magazines starting in March of 1990.
The story is set amid the feudal society during the last y ears of the ancient Eastern Zhou Dynasty. The turmoil of that era engendered an elegant and beautiful culture as well as magnificent, heroic sentiments. Chen Uen’s brushstrokes are at times exquisitely meticulous and at times boldly unconstrained. Chen exc els at ink wash painting, which he brings to a new level of artistic mastery in this work, whether capturing the scenic majesty of ancient China in center spread illustrations or the trials and tribulations experienced by the main characters. With a single pen, Chen is able to bring the heroes of Chinese history vividly to life on the page.
Chen’s Stories from the East Chou is chock full of action-packed stories that are set against a dynastic
backdrop and are accompanied by abundant footnotes. For this wor
k, Chen won a prize from the Japan Manga Artists’ Association
. Chen was the first non-Japanese to win this important award in more than 20 years.