Festival of Faith & Writing at Calvin College. I generally enjoy talking about comics, but I'm especially excited about this event because I get to talk about comics and God! I sometimes imagine Heaven to be a place where past, present, and future are juxtaposed like panels on a page of comics. Eesh. That seems a lot goofier now that I've written it down.
"Tze-Yo-Tzuh" is actually a transliteration of "I AM" in Chinese. The Chinese phrase has an connotations of... uh... "self-existence" is the best way I can describe it. An existence independent of any other.
The original Monkey King tale, first written down in a novel called Journey To The West, was Buddhist at its core. I would encourage you to read it-- it's one of the four pillars of Chinese literature. It is also awesome.
I wanted to do an Asian-American retelling of the tale, so I added Western, Judeo-Christian elements to my version.
Thanks so much for reading it!
I just finished American Born Chinese and loved it. I've tried to interest my 12 year old grandchild in reading it. I especially liked the way the three strands of the story come together unexpectedly in the end.
P.S. My girlfriend and I just finished American Born Chinese, congratulations again!