Condensing my book from prose to graphic panels was the act of making poetry. Even as the book stands now, I see where I could have compacted more without losing meaning or texture, making the whole more powerful in its succinctness.
There is a particular sensitivity and emotional experience reached through Chinese--our peculiar written characters composed of word-pictures and the direct, haiku-like phrase structure. Chinese is first and foremost poetry. It is this language--poetry that makes us think or feel or dream the way we do. The Chinese language is art in that in its written form, it retains its pictorial identity. Art is important in influencing our mental make-up as diet over our physical makeup.
Can't imagine a better medium than the graphic novel format for a painter and writer like me.
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