Hi! Welcome to my journey of making the SimpHoo comic!
SimpHoo is a carpenter monkey who lives in New York City. I created this character in 2014. I used to post his story on Weibo(A Chinese social media platform), with the format of web comic. After several years of learning and developing every fundamental acknowledge of telling stories by making comics, as well as sharpening my drawing skills and drawing styles, I decided to take the story to a longer, an appropriate size and well designed physical comic book. A book you can flip and smell, and a story who can inspire you and others.
Today I am very happy to announce that after over 6 months' preparation and negotiation, I finally got the green light from my publisher in Beijing. SimpHoo's comic is going to be printed on paper!! The 1st episode will be published in 2020!
It will be 120 pages, Simplified Chinese and printed in full-color. I wrote the story and I will illustrate it and color it by myself. The monkey's journey started in the New York Public Library. Where every scene and the entire "adventure routine" are all based on real the New York Public Library. The moment that I wrote this blog, is when I am inking page 23 and 24, which is the last page of Chapter 1. I still have a long way to go but I feel almost touch the first mile stone.
The reason that I choose New York Public Library(Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) as the story's background is because that's the place I found the story. It's actually such a wonderful place that you don't expect to not have any inspirations. I have to tell you, the part of the motivation that I choose this place as the story's background is because I want to draw it. It's just so incredible!
之所以选择纽约图书馆，准确地说是纽约图书馆的史蒂芬.A.舒沃兹曼大楼这栋建筑，不仅是因为我懒得自己设计场景，更因为这栋建筑实在太厉害了！第一次走进这座建筑的时候，我就萌生了“在这里构建一个冒险故事”的想法，在2016年，经过关闭两年修整天花板重新开放的Rose Main Reading Room(玫瑰主阅览室)呈现在我面前时，那种被一所图书馆所震撼的感受实在无法用言语形容。当下，我的这篇故事的雏形就已经初步形成了, 故事中的场景都将以位于纽约42街的真实的史蒂芬.A.舒沃兹曼大楼为实景绘制。
So that's it, my first blog of SimpHoo-the carpenter monkey. And I would like to use this blog as the journal to record my working progress, sharing my methods and inspirations. It won't like a weekly or monthly commitment. But I'll post the contents that I think would be interesting. I can't promise I will post weekly or monthly, but I can promise you that I will try my best to not spoil! So you will have the 100% "original experience" when you hold the printed book in your hand, which is the biggest reason that I made my effort to it.
Thank you! 谢谢！