Monkey King # Volume 07 by Wei Dong Chen
The Expulsion of Sun Wu Kong

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Monkey King is a twenty-volume comics series based on the legendary Chinese novel The Journey to the West. It is a magisterial work that took seventy people over six years to complete. The Journey to the West is at once a comedy, a drama, a satire, a meditation on faith and discipline, and a fantastical dramatization of China's history. Its creation covers many centuries and several dynasties. Begun during the Song Dynasty (10th~13th century), Journey is set against the backdrop of the 7th century Tang Dynasty, and tells the story of a priest named San Zang, who introduces China to the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures of India, and his trio of disciples: the monkey king Sun Wu Kong, the gluttonous pig Zhu Bajie, and the quiet but noble sea monster Sha Wu Jing. The San Zang who appears in Journey to the West is a specialist in Tripitaka, and is based on a real priest, named Xuan Zang. Xuan Zang lived from 602 to 664, and have traveled the western lands and traded with other countries along the western border from 627 or 629 to 645. More than three hundred years later, a story based on Xuan Zang's adventures, first appeared. The Journey to the West originated from this story. The Song Dynasty was founded in 960, yet because the only known author of Journey to the West, Wu Cheng en, died in 1582, during the Ming Dynasty, the story is considered the result of collective creation spanning five hundred years. The story also traveled through several countries and includes at least four different timelines. The events of Journey to the West, which include epic battles and threatened palaces and imperiled kings, could resonate with readers during almost any age, but the story focuses on portraying a peaceful society where deviance is ultimately trumped by enlightenment, violence defeated by benevolence. It is this balance, between depicting familiar events of conquest and telling a story about the search for truth, that makes The Journey to the West so beloved today. The author, Mr. Wei Dong Chen, is a highly acclaimed and beloved Chinese artist and an influential leader in the New Chinese Cartoon trend. His company, Creator World in Tianjin, is the largest comics studio in China. He has published hundreds of cartoons, which have been recognized for their strong literary value throughout the world. In 2005, he undertook the monumental effort of translating four classic Chinese novels into serialized comic form. After six years of great and enthusiastic work, he completed his dream, which now consists of 12,800 pages of beautiful drawings and epic storytelling. Monkey King is one of the four novels. Monkey King is a new landmark of comic artistry in China, and is a bold and exhilarating treatment of one of the definitive works of Chinese literature.

Vol. 7 The Expulsion of Sun Wu Kong
After Sun Wu Kong s temper resulted in the destruction of the sacred RenShen tree and cost San Zang precious time and energy, the priest has very little patience with his eldest disciple. That patience will be sorely tested when the White Bone Goblin repeatedly tries to make a meal of San Zang, and Wu Kong responds with characteristic aggression. When San Zang banishes Wu Kong, the remaining travelers unprecedented obstacles; the journey is getting more dangerous the farther they travel, and they may not be able to survive without the help of San Zang s most powerful companion.

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저자 : Wei Dong Chen저자 Wei Dong Chen(진유동, 陳維東, 천웨이동, 예명 : 村人)은 중국의 유수한 만화 전문 출판사인 ‘톈진 션지에(天津神界) 만화공사’의 설립자. 만화 이론가로도 활동하면서 만화 창작 및 만화 사업의 경영에 20년 가까이 몸담으며, 총 300여권의 만화를 제작하였다. ‘신중국만화’의 발전에 지대한 공헌을 했으며 중국의 젊은 세대 만화가들이 가장 존경하는 인물 중 하나이다. Wei Dong Chen, a highly acclaimed and beloved artist, and an influential leader in the “New Chinese Cartoon” trend, is the founder of Creator World in Tianjin, the largest comics studio in China. Recently the Chinese government entrusted him with the role of general manager of the Beijing Book Fair, and his reputation as a pillar of Chinese comics has brought him many students. He has published more than three hundred cartoons, which have been recognized for their strong literary value not only in Korea, but in Europe and Japan as well. Free spirited and energetic, Wei Dong Chen’s positivist philosophy is reflected in the wisdom of his work. He is published serially in numerous publications while continuing to conceive projects that explore new dimensions of the form.그림 : Xiao Long Liang그린이 Xiao Long Liang(량샤오롱, 梁小龍)은 중국 톈진 션지에(天津神界) 만화공사 전속 만화작가이자 부사장을 역임했다. 1998년 천웨이동의 사제로 입문하였고 현재는 호방하며 날렵한 필치를 구사하는 매우 유망한 작가로서 중국 최우수 실력파 청년만화가로서 일약 발돋음하고 있다. 그의 작풍은 중국 전통화의 기법과 채색을 현대적으로 발전 수용하고 있으며, 중국은 물론 국제 만화 시장에서 폭넓은 사랑을 받고 있다.Xiao Long Liang is considered one of Wei Dong Chen's greatest students. One of the most highly regarded cartoonists in China today, Xiao Long's fantastic technique and expression of Chinese culture have won him the acclaim of cartoon lovers throughout China. His other works include "Outlaws of the Marsh" and "A Story on the Motorbike."
Published January 1, 2012 by JR*Comics. 176 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The Monkey King comics need to be read as a series. This assertion will surprise anyone who starts with Volume 7, as the story couldn't be more self-contained: The Monkey King fights monsters and wins.

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