The very special guest at the October 25, East Hanover NJ Comic Book Expo will be Chinese comic book artist, creator, editor and publisher Daxiong, currently one of the most successful artists in Chinese and European comics. He has received a great deal of recognition for his work in the industry, including first place at the Shanghai Animation & Comic Competition, and top honors at the 33rd annual Angouleme International Comics Festival.
Daxiong was born in Jilin Province in China. He enjoyed illustrating as far back as he can remember. After graduating with a degree in Commercial Design from the Jilin Art Institute in China, he assumed a teaching position with his alma mater as instructor of comic and cartoon illustrations. In 1999 he created Qicartoon Studios (www.qicartoon.com) in Jilin province where he served as the chief illustrator. In 2000 he was the winner of the Shanghai Animation & Comic Competition with his work “Chinese Ghost Stories” which received publication soon after the competition. In 2002 Qicartoon Studios earned third place in the Shanghai Animation Competition for its work “Zhuzi Baijia”. In Europe, he received top honors at the 33rd annual Angouleme International Comics Festival for his work in “Demi Gods and Semi Devils” written by Chinese novelist Jin Yong, who is the best-selling living Chinese author.
Since 1999, through his studio, Daxiong has published more than 100 titles which are distributed in China, Japan, and Taiwan. Recently, he started illustrating the MouWang series, which is being published and distributed in France by Soleil Publications. In 2008 Daxiong was arrested and sent to a prison in China because his art offended the Chinese Communist Party. After two months of imprisonment, Daxiong was rescued by friends in the U.S. and has now settled in New York City with his wife Bin Bin Chen.
He has recently done work in the U.S. for IDW, Wildstorm and DC Comics.
Additional info about him is available through the following links (or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 646-306-6657).
John Paul, the show promoter has this to say: “I have organized over 400 comic book conventions in Northern NJ during the past twenty years, with countless comic book professionals as guests. To say that I’m honored by Daxiong’s appearance at one of my events is a gross understatement.”
The show will be held on October 25th at the Ramada Inn Conference Center Hotel, 130 Rt 10 West, East Hanover, NJ. Admission is $2 (children under 12 free). Hours are 10-4. Daxiong will be available for autographs and commissions. There will also be over 250,000 comic books available for browsing and purchase in the dealers room.
Additional show info may be found at www.njcomicbookshows.com.
Mr. Paul may be contacted at email@example.com or via phone at 973-783-0608.
Disclosure: Pug Productions is an advertiser with Convention Scene.