Graphic Novel ‘Jia and the Nian Monster’ Taps Chinese Mythology
Date of Publication: March 18, 2020
: Mike Richardson
“China’s history is rich with folktales and fables, most unknown to western readers,” Mike Richardso, writer of Jia and the Nian Monster and publisher Dark Horse Comics’ president and founder — told The Hollywood Reporter recently when explaining the origins of the project. “One of the most popular is the story of the Nian monster, a legend that explains the origin of the Chinese New Year celebration — Nian is translated as New Year. When looking into the assorted versions of the tale, I realized the monster’s full story and motivation had never been told. I had been searching for a story to write that might appeal to all ages, and the story of Nian was exactly what I was looking for. I was able to incorporate several other Chinese legends into the tale, and I hope it will inspire young readers to investigate the actual legends themselves.” To read more about the publication of Jia and the Nian Monster, click here.