Chinese Creator Appears in Monthly Big Comic Spirits

posted on 2011-03-02 23:59 EST by Gia Manry
Liu Chong launches Killin-Ji in Japanese manga magazine last week

Chinese-born manga creator "L-Dart," whose real name is Liu Chong, launched his manga Killin-Ji in the April issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits magazine on February 26.

Although Chong is not the first Chinese creator to have work published in Japan, Yahoo! News notes that some Japanese media commentators have suggested that his publication is the start of outsourcing manga creation to China. Monthly Big Comic Spirits responded that it is paying Chong the same amount that it would pay a Japanese newcomer.

Chong said that he was raised on Japanese manga despite living in Shanghai, and that he spent a year working with Monthly Big Comic Spirits to learn the anthology's in-house style, and that he often worked through a translator. His Killin-Ji is based on the Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which has inspired a variety of manga, anime, and videogames (including Ikki Tousen and Koihime Musō) of varying historical accuracy .

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