The Cat’s Coming (in a Left-Handed Version)

The adaptation that follows was inspired by a short story (also in this month's issue), “Davin Chan Moves Out," by the celebrated Hong Kong novelist and essayist Xi Xi. Chihoi’s version, which was originally published in Chinese in a two-volume collection of graphic adaptations entitled Hijacking (2005), departs in some rather interesting ways from the original story; for example, he makes the central character a comic book artist. In contrast to his usual working practice, Chihoi, who is right-handed, drew this comic with his left hand. The idea came to him after he learned that the now seventy-two-year-old author, who had never learned to type and has always handwritten her stories, lost the use of her writing hand during a recent bout with breast cancer. The serial murders alluded to in Chihoi’s version and graphically described in the original story are based on fact. Only the number of victims and a few details of the killer’s modus operandi were changed.
The Cat’s Coming (in a Left-Handed Version)
The Cat’s Coming (in a Left-Handed Version)
The Cat’s Coming (in a Left-Handed Version)
The Cat’s Coming (in a Left-Handed Version)
The Cat’s Coming (in a Left-Handed Version)
The Cat’s Coming (in a Left-Handed Version)
Translation of "Zuopiezi manhuazhi mao laile." Copyright Chihoi 2005. By arrangement with the author and Joint Publications. Translation copyright 2011 by Steve Bradbury. All rights reserved.