In Gagabe Forest, even a gentle breeze has to be careful passing through. The forest is home to creatures so set in their ways, you couldn’t imagine. Sensitive and old-fashioned, they live lives where everything stays the same. Nothing is allowed to change, because they believe that even the smallest change could bring disaster to Gagabe Forest. This means: the number of trees in the forest must stay the same, and at the same heights; everyone has to take the same road home every day; everyone has to keep the same hair… They would accept nothing new, nothing adventurous. They live according to tradition. Their lives are as flat and predictable as a glass of plain water.
To make sure that everything in the forest stays the same, a neighborhood watch called Team Six patrols the entire forest every day to check that everything is the same as yesterday. This is where our story begins. A stone appears in the forest, and no one knows why. Sometimes it glows, sometimes it makes strange sounds. Team Six is stumped. How could they restore Gagabe Forest back to the way it was …?
Spanish (Barbara Fiore Editora )
No. 39 Animal Surgery
February 2010 15x21 cm 96pp.
Rights sold : Simplified Chinese, Korean, English
This book is set in Chinlun’s husband’s veterinary surgery, with many details taken from real life events. Chinlun has disguised herself in the narrative as the surgery’s pet cat who can understand the conversations between the animals and record them on paper.
Filled with the most adorable characters, such as the dog seeking refuge and another who lost its owner in the market, the sneezing and coughing cat, the stubborn rabbit who hates to chew but needs its teeth cut and the dizzy butterfly, this is a charming story of one vet’s loving care for all the animals that come through the doors of his No. 39 Animal Surgery.
July 2017 19x20 cm 152pp.
Rights sold: French, Italian
*2016 Taiwan Golden Comic Award for Best New Artist
It can be put no other way: Baker is imagination, painted. This beautiful story has no words, and it needs none. Artist Chen Wen-Sheng allowed the simple seeds of a childhood daydream, formed as he waited for the bread truck to pass his house, to germinate into a luscious, living work of color and creativity.
The story is very simple: Long ago, there lived a hard-working baker, who raised a small fish as a pet. Every time the fish ate the baker’s bread, however, it transformed into a massive, flying Leviathan, that took the baker on strange journeys across the world.
Chen Wen-Sheng 陳穩升
Illustrator Chen Wen-Sheng has worked full-time as an animator for over ten years. After turning thirty, he began using his spare time to design graphic novels of his own. Deeply inspired by Star Wars and other science fiction tales of distance and scope, he creates work that intentionally stretches the boundaries of the imagination. His graphic story Light Station, about an imaginary trip taken on a railway, was a runner-up for the Neiwan Railway of Dreams Animation and Comic Art Contest.
The Little Drifter
April 2016 23 x 17 cm 172pp.
Rights sold : French, Italian
The Little drifter wanders among various cities, making his appearance in the valley of swirling colorful flags, in a misty ancient city, in the middle of a big city of various kinds of people, in a settlement with a mysterious lake in the mountains, in a metropolis in the rain with skyscrapers, and in a city full of old alleys and bars. Hie is like a star, guiding the direction for all travelers who get lost. This book is a self-projection of the author Crystal Kung, who believes home is where your heart is.
About the author
Born in Xi'an in 1994, Crystal KUNG was raised in Taipei and now is in her senior year in Shih Chien University’s Department of Communications Design and specializes in 2D graphic design at the initial stage of animation production. Most of the work is about people she has encountered or created.
Crystal had her first Wacom drawing board at the age of 16 and embarked on the journey of digital creation ever since. She mostly taught herself how to paint.
Crystal's work leans toward western style, which makes her stand out among fellow artists in Taiwan, who follow Japanese and Korean style as a mainstream.
Crystal Kung is still exploring her own style and trying to establish distinctive characteristics. She is currently a student and illustration artist and also working on comics creation.