Into Thin Airwaves is a genuinely challenging story to tell in a graphic interpretation. Not because of the plot; it’s actually quite rare to find a real incident that jibes with universal conceptions of justifiable martyrdom and sacrifice. That, and the fact that each character had such specific strengths and distinct personas…well, all that is why Daxiong, Leeshai, and I suspected that it could be a great comic book in the first place. Yet we are aware that we are playing with real lives. Liang’s daughter, Big Truck’s son, Great Sea’s little boy Tianchun…and then there’s the Monkey’s girl (Hou Mingkai’s daughter)…they are all out there somewhere.
Perhaps they will see this.
We don’t know what they will think. But unavoidably, the graphic novel is written for them, for a new Chinese generation. So they will know their parents fought very hard and sometimes even changed the world. So they will know that they have nothing to be ashamed of.
Daxiong, me, and Leeshai Lemish on our second writing retreat in Vermont. This picture was taken in October by Daxiong’s wife, Bin Bin Chen.
Daxiong is working on the second half of the book now. Like me, Daxiong’s a bit of a perfectionist so we have a pretty good working relationship. But we are slow, so Leeshai cracks the whip. Anyway something seems to be going right; between three investors–we love you guys!–we have 75% of the money we need to finish the book.
Let us know if you want to be involved.