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Jason Li

Bittersweet Fu (富中作樂) is an illustration lover’s graphic novel. The meticulous hand of its author, Ko Sing, is visible in every page. Whether it’s the distinct character design for each and every background character, or the lovingly rendered …

Another World was made during an era of PC gaming when single-creator works were still the norm. Rounabout the same year when Jordan Mechner was plumbing the depths of level design with the Prince of Persia, Eric Chahi was pushing …

The making and success of Scott Pilgrim are a sign that videogames really have infiltrated our popular consciousness. When captions such as “+9999 EXP” and “Level Up” are casually assigned to characters without explanation as punchlines, it presumes the audience …

You play Stanley, the narrator declares, a content worker drone in a nondescript office. Sitting up from your desk at work one day, you realize that everyone is gone. The narrator shepherds you towards the cafeteria, to see where everyone’s …

Many animated Japanese TV series are based on serialized comics that have already proved themselves in paper form. The relationship between comic and TV series varies; some animation studios stick close to the original while others run off with the …

It’s hard to believe that Exit Wounds is a work of fiction. Set in the city of Tel Aviv in 2002, the book revolves around an unidentified victim of a terrorist bombing. The story begins when Koby, the main character, …

Between 2001 and 2010, Brian Clevinger went from an amateur webcomic author to a professional comic book writer, sought after by  Marvel and DC. This nine year span also marks the life of 8-bit Theatre, a free, online serial …

The lines blur whether the Legend of Sword and Fairy (仙劍奇俠傳) is more a Chinese soap opera or a roleplaying game. The Legend of Sword and Fairy (LOSF) exists in both forms, as a PC roleplaying …

Don’t let its primitive graphics fool you; Minecraft may just be the next big thing in gaming. With its chunky pixel-art aesthetic and loosely bound gameplay, Minecraft is already a poster child for the indie game development movement. Its founding …

The story goes that Wang Momo (王卯卯), an undergraduate at the Communication University of China, was doodling on her blog one day and came up with a peculiar yet distinct rabbit-like creature. Built with Snoopy proportions, it also had no …

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