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Defying Chinese censorship: a comic dedicated to nakedness | Books

Back in the early 2010s, Beijing comic artist Yan Cong (a pseudonym that translates to “chimney”) was told by printers that they wouldn’t wouldn’t publish any of his books with nudity in them. Both irritated and inspired, he decided to respond to the censorship with an anthology in which all the main characters were nude. Naked Body, published in Chinese in 2014, highlighted the humour, loopiness, horniness and astonishing breadth of the Chinese alternative comics scene. It is finally due to be published in English this year.Japanese and European comics have had a strong influence on US creators, but Chinese comics are less well known; partly because of the censorship that inspired Naked Body that means the state keeps a tight hold on what’s released.“It’s quite difficult to do independent publishing in China,” says Orion Martin, at English publisher Paradise Systems. “State-owned enterprise publishers have access to state-issued book numbers, and if you don’t have a book number, then you cannot distribute through state-run or regular online bookstores.”FacebookTwitterPinterest There’s no one dominant style in Chinese comics ... artwork by Zhao Xin in Naked Body. Photograph: Paradise Systems Artists such as Cong, who want to distribute work that addresses sexual themes or nudity, generally have to set up their own online shops. But those are subject to censorship too. In the past, Cong has had his webpage removed by the Chinese authorities without explanation.Martin says that there’s softer censorship online too: “Chinese social media is huge, there are millions of people participating, and there are these huge memes. But in order for a meme to be really huge in China, it has to be something that’s at least, at some level, approved by the government.” The same goverment can also take effective measures to stifle it. Weird independent comics with nudity are not one of the things that the Chinese authorities are going to allow to explode.State discouragement has meant that the Chinese independent comics scene is relatively scattered in comparison to that of Japan, Europe or the US. There’s no one dominant style – neither the big-eyed tropes of manga nor the low-fi scruffiness of American comics predominate.For a more solemn anthology, the lack of a central look or approach might be a problem. But for Naked Body, which is all about freedom of expression...

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