The Monkey King: A Chinatown Odyssey is a brand new graphic novel launching its Kickstarter to assist AAPI Heritage Month and #STOPASIANHATE this Might. Taiwanese American creator Jerry Ma (EPIC PROPORTIONS, VIBE Hong Kong) is bringing one in all Chinese language literature’s most enduring characters, the Monkey King, to modern-day New York in THE MONKEY KING: A CHINATOWN ODYSSEY, which will likely be launching Might third at 11 AM EST on Kickstarter.
On this STRANGER THINGS meet COWBOY BEBOP authentic, Jerry Ma hits residence as he reveals his native New York Metropolis falling aside with the Empress of Chinatown turning her again on the Metropolis. Tripitaka, the monk, should find Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy to assist her make the journey west to Chinatown San Francisco in hopes of discovering enlightenment to then return and save New York from itself!
Creator Jerry Ma says, “Yearly, we see a number of reboots of the Monkey King. Every one [is] extra action-oriented than the following. However, the precise story was meant to search out enlightenment by way of Buddhism, which might be found by way of their journey West to India. I would wish to rediscover the journey and magic that the story was purported to be about. And relatively than making their armor shinier, I am giving them sneakers that can match their hoodies higher; I will have them dive into Chinatown New York in a approach I do not suppose we have seen carried out earlier than.”
Ma provides again in March, “I had donated slightly below $2500 with proceeds from my on-line gross sales in two weeks, to the GofundMe/AAPI to assist fight the rising anti-Asian sentiment. As wonderful as that was, it felt a bit hole as I wasn’t in a position to really see any assist being carried out. After speaking with the wonderful group of individuals serving to me with this marketing campaign, Geof Darrow, Allan Dorison, Jim Cheung, David Soto, and Lisa Y. Wu, by way of our Stretch Targets, we’ll be donating cash to small companies in Chinatown New York. I will fairly actually be strolling into small companies and handing over $250 in money to X quantity primarily based off of the success of this Kickstarter marketing campaign to small companies myself. I do know it is not a lot, however no less than this manner, I do know these companies will likely be receiving the cash instantly from me. My household has a small enterprise ourselves, an artwork retailer on the Higher West Aspect of Manhattan referred to as Janoffs. So, I do know all of the hurdles these companies are going through. I solely hope that this would be the starting of others doing the identical.”
Fellow creator and contributor Jim Cheung (SPAWN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, YOUNG AVENGERS), says “Monkey King has at all times been a childhood favourite of mine from watching the basic Nineteen Sixties cartoon to the television present from the 70s. I cherished the mythology and have loved seeing the way it’s advanced and reworked by way of the years in numerous diversifications. After I discovered that Jerry was placing his personal spin on it, I used to be excited to see the place he was going to take the character. I did not count on the brand new odyssey would begin in present-day New York Chinatown, although, and that meals and style can be featured within the storyline, however given Jerry’s penchant for each, how may it’s in any other case?! When he requested if I wished to contribute a canopy, it was a straightforward resolution. Attending to work with a buddy and assist launch Jerry Ma’s THE MONKEY KING: A CHINATOWN ODYSSEY journey was a pleasure and honor!”
Geoff Darrow (SHAOLIN COWBOY, BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT, HARDBOILED, THE MATRIX) agreed,” Jerry Ma requested, and I’ve deep respect for him, and I additionally love THE MONKEY KING.” He added that “THE MONKEY KING, within the Journey to the West, is, for my part, the primary nice superhero.”
Readers will even get the chance to personal this title for under $20 throughout this Kickstarter which ends on Friday, June 4. Together with the guide, readers will be capable to again these money-saving rewards and assist unlock stretch objectives that can assist improve the quantity given to native New York Metropolis Chinatown small companies:
As soon as a backer, Jerry, and his pals will want your assist in getting the phrase out to unlock stretch objectives that can affect generations to come back.
This all-ages guide will assist individuals get again to their roots and provides again.
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