June 15, 2007


(Don't forget to click to enlarge our "poster!")

Probably one of the most common characters in Eastern mythology, the Monkey King was mostly just another cloudy tale of an animal god before I encountered him in American Born Chinese. Wikipedia helpfully names him, in the traditional Chinese, as 孫悟空; in simplified Chinese as 孙悟空; (okay, still not "simplified" to me!), in Hanyu Pinyin as Sūn Wùkōng, and he is also referenced in Wade-Giles as Sun Wu-k'ung. He is always playful, always boastful, always tricky, and eventually, always wise. It's a great combination.

Many readers of ABC found that they wanted more of the Monkey King, having big love for that stubborn manlike mammal. Well, there are hundreds of Monkey King tales. Go forth and read!


Sarah Stevenson said...

How much do you rock?? Great poster!

tanita✿davis said...

Oh, yay. Glad you like it!
The Chinese characters are from the Zodiac - I stole them from "year of the Monkey." Which this year is not.

My aim/goal is to do a new one for each book/interview. We'll see if that happens, or if it peters out and dies midway... the characters in a graphic novel are SO DYNAMIC that it's easier to sort of envision the whole thing... Although Flora Segunda also gives me some food for thought... HMM!