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Comics: Tulou

Tulou: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of our Ancestors is a comic that was developed out of an submission to the Elements: Earth anthology that was not accepted.

The story is a science-fiction adventure about one man’s effort to re-start his ancient ancestral farm after climate change renders much of the world uninhabitable. Drawing strongly from my Chinese roots, the narrative and images tell two different stories, each running in parallel and linked to each other.

In the art, the man struggles to grasp the difficult task of farming poor land until he discovers old manuals written by his long-dead family. In the narrative, his struggle is compared with that of the history of his ancestors, the Hakka people – also known as Chinese gypsies – and muses on the notion that the things we inherit from our families are not merely material goods, but also the sum of their knowledge and their spirit.

Tulou is a popular book at many conventions, and copies are held at the Ricefield Arts Chinese literature library on Wellington Street in Glasgow.