Part of the Around the World in 8 Hours virtual conference. Full schedule for today available here.
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For those signed up to the Around the World in 8 hours virtual conference, you awoke to an email about Publishing in China, where you can learn more about the publishing industry, literary culture, technology and the internet in their fast-growing market.
Rather than recount it verbatim, here’s the main link. The reason for that is because there’s so many interesting links to look through, each of which have their own little things to navigate, it’s better (and probably more interesting for you) to do it on your own time. Plus, this blog would be ten gazillions words long.
I do, however, have some highlights.
Naturally, a look at graphic novels in China peaked my interest first…
A Look Back: Our Writing on Internet Culture & Graphic Novels in China.
The central post on internet culture and graphic novels, for you to bounce onto a range of topics within that.
Mini-documentary on Cult Youth on Making comix in China.
8 minute mini-documentary about one of the leading underground comic groups in China today. They don’t have a revolutionary slant like underground comix movement in the US/UK did in the 60s/70s, and they dispute the suggestion that China is on the verge of a new comics renaissance, more that it’s about a ground of friends having fun aside their day-jobs.
Also, author-illustrator Jing Liu made a graphic novel chronicling Chinese history through the ages. You can read a review of the first part of it here (the next three parts are also reviewed too). Sounds really interesting.
The Umbrella Revolution meme hurt the movement in Hong Kong.
This shows the difference in meme/hashtag usage in an important timeframe in reference to revolution and how social media impacted real-life events. Really interesting piece on how hashtags and movements can affect something, especially a movement at such a high level.
Netizens in Hong Kong defend copyright with internet memes.
Case study on cross-border intellectual property and copycats.
“If there’s anything I’ve learned from studying memes over the past few years, it’s the more inventive and humorous the meme, the more powerful it is.”
Five Trends in Chinese Publishing That Will Change Your View of China.
The books are cheap, but writers can become very rich – a five point list full of really interesting information to gain a brief, introductory overview to publishing in China. A good place to start for the broad picture.
Writers chase their authorial dreams online.
A look into how authors in China can make money online; one, just starting out, earns only a little shy of his previous job through writing. “Online literature is like an extension of the blogs that were extremely popular years ago. Anyone who wants to share their ideas can write their own novel.”
Do take the time to look through all the aspects of Publishing in China covered in this. Very interesting!