Wei Tsung-cheng (b. 1982) is a Taiwanese manga artist whose most recent work, Ma Huang Jiang Lin (King-Ma Has Come), epitomizes the best of kuso, a product of the Asian Internet subculture where outrageous parody in the form of text, photos, and graphics triumphs over the politically correct. First recognized in 2007 for his award-winning graphic novel Bagua Shan (Bagua Mountain), a historical depiction of Taiwan’s struggle against Japanese occupation, Wei is a prolific artist whose many creations can be found online at WeiComic.com, a creative platform which he founded in 2000 for aspiring Chinese manga artists of all genres. Following the huge success of King-Ma, Wei’s next graphic novel, AV Duanzhi, an uncensored look at Taiwan’s porn culture—à la kuso mode—will be published by the Taiwanese publisher Future-Digi in February 2010.
Translated from Chinese by Nancy Tsai
Nancy Tsai received an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa and an MA in translation and interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. A freelance translator and interpreter, she is especially interested in promoting the understanding of translation and interpretation as a profession and introducing Chinese literature, both fiction and nonfiction, to Western audiences.