Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Naked Body is a testament to the vibrant community of independent cartoonists in China, a full-color anthology of outstanding comics.
Naked Body is a testament to the vibrant community of independent cartoonists in China, a full-color anthology of outstanding comics.
443 backers pledged $16,648 to help bring this project to life.

About

Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
  • Off
    • English
    • 简体中文

Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics

$16,648

443

  • An independent comics anthology featuring some of the most active members of the mainland China comics community. 
  • The first major anthology of Chinese comics published in English. 
  • 100 full-color pages of playful, intimate, and loopy comics, with a focus on outstanding illustration.
Panels from Shuran's comic.
Panels from Shuran's comic.

In 2014, cartoonist and contemporary artist Yan Cong put out an open call for a new anthology on his Weibo account. The only requirements for submissions were that they be 5 pages long, in color, and all of the main characters be nude.

The resulting mix of authors included veteran cartoonists such as Zuo Ma, author of several graphic novels, and WangXX, author of the ongoing Seal Life series, but also talented up and coming artists Inkee Wang.

Two pages from the Chinese version of Inkee Wang's comic.
Two pages from the Chinese version of Inkee Wang's comic.

Naked Body will be the first major anthology of independent Chinese comics published in the US. Though the anthology's small print run was well received in China, it was never distributed overseas. This English edition will give a second life to the volume, allowing it these cartoonists to reach a much wider audience than they would have otherwise. 

Panels from Hua Tian's comic.
Panels from Hua Tian's comic.

The English edition of Naked Body is being developed in close collaboration with the original editor, Yan Cong, and the cartoonists who took part in the book and Kickstarter rewards. If the project is funded, every contributing author will be compensated for their work.

Mainstream print publishing in China is tightly controlled. Those publishing through independent channels or on social media play an ongoing game of cat-and-mouse with censors, sometimes finding it impossible to publish any works featuring nudity or overt references to politically sensitive topics. Nevertheless, a thriving comics scene continues to navigate these challenges in order to publish their work.

Naked Body's subject matter places it at the fringes of China's subculture, because printed nudity of any kind remains a focus for Chinese censors. Some contributions disregard the limits traditionally placed on print publishing, featuring explicit sexuality, or in some cases, explicit queer sexuality. These works, and the overall quality of the work, make Naked Body one of the most exciting books to come out of the Chinese comics community in recent years.  

Comparison pages from Zuo Xin's comic in Chinese and English.
Comparison pages from Zuo Xin's comic in Chinese and English.

We want Naked Body to be a celebration not just of this single book, but of the Chinese comics scene. That’s why we’re collaborating with a cartoonists from the community whose work is not featured in the book, and why we are are offering some hard to attain relics of Chinese comic history, lianhuanhua.

Choose any of three stunning 6.5” by 9.75” giclée prints by members of the Chinese comics and illustration community, including Yan Cong, Inkee, and Jun Cen. See larger images of the print below.

One page from Closet by Woshibai
One page from Closet by Woshibai

Closet — a new, 18 page, black and white comic by Shanghai cartoonist Woshibai — will be included with your order! Closet describes Woshibai’s childhood understanding of how babies are born, and how he learned the truth.

Lianhuanhua are vintage pulp comics from China, remnants of one of the largest comics industries that ever was. We'll send you two of these classic, pocket-sized Chinese comics, bagged in plastic to protect them. All comics are in Chinese and include a notecard describing some of the history of the industry.

Shanghai cartoonist Woshibai, author of Migraine, or Ganmu, author of You Lied, will draw you a one page, black and white commission! The commission will be delivered as a giclée print.

Increased Artist Royalties — Compensation for the participating cartoonists is the single largest expense in the budget, and the most important. As we exceed our goal, artist royalties will increase.

$13,000 — We will work with Woshibai to expand Closet into 38-page book, that will then become a part of the Paradise Systems lineup to share with folx who don’t have access to Kickstarter

$15,000 — We will include a Chinese-language insert of the original text, including the essays that accompanied it, with every physical copy of the book.

Yan Cong, co-editor of Naked Body, is one of the most prominent independent cartoonists in China. Self-publishing his own work since the mid-2000s, he has also worked to publish many fellow cartoonists, both at the indie collective Special Comix, and through his own comics magazine, Narrative Addiction.

Operated by translator and writer R. Orion Martin and cartoonist Jason Li, Paradise Systems is a Brooklyn-based comics press focusing out outstanding comics from China and the United States. Over the past few years, Paradise Systems has worked on 13 books, 11 of which are by cartoonists from mainland China. Building on our relationship with the independent comics scene in China, Naked Body will be a showcase for the vibrancy of this community and a guide to some of the most active cartoonists. 

Zuo Ma 左马

Yan Cong 烟囱

Inkee Wang 王颖琦

Wang XX 王XX

Sadan 撒旦君

Leng Wenzhi 冷文志

Zhai Yanjun 翟砚军

Tianxing Wan 青正

Hanada 花天

Shuran 舒然

Yuwei Gong 宫煜伟 (SM)

Zhao Xin 赵欣

Ryan Xie 谢恺宸

Tao Benyuan 逃本圆

Zuo Xin 左新

Madame Aveugle & Lingnan Rose 盲公夫人 & 岭南玫瑰

Shijie Hai 海世杰

Wang Hang 王航

Ganmu 甘木

Jun Cen 岑俊

Woshibai 我是白

Yan Cong's print.
Yan Cong's print.
Before Swim, Inkee Wang's print.
Before Swim, Inkee Wang's print.
Jun Cen's print.
Jun Cen's print.
A page from Hai Shijie's comic.
A page from Hai Shijie's comic.
A page from Zuo Xin's comic.
A page from Zuo Xin's comic.
Panels from Yan Cong's comic.
Panels from Yan Cong's comic.
A page from Tao Benyuan's comic.
A page from Tao Benyuan's comic.
An untranslated page from Lao Er's comic.
An untranslated page from Lao Er's comic.
A page from Leng Wenzhi's comic.
A page from Leng Wenzhi's comic.
A page from the Chinese version of Sadan's comic.
A page from the Chinese version of Sadan's comic.
A page from the Chinese version of Tianxing Wan's comic.
A page from the Chinese version of Tianxing Wan's comic.
A page from the Chinese edition of Zuo Ma's comic.
A page from the Chinese edition of Zuo Ma's comic.

Risks and challenges

Making physical books is a challenging process, with many possible design, printing, and shipping hiccups. That’s why we’re working with talented cartoonists and publishers with dozens of Kickstarter projects behind them to help foresee and iron out any potential issues that may come up. In the event of an unavoidable delay, we will update all backers as soon as possible.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    Our Thanks

    Thank you! We’ll keep you updated on Naked Body and other projects from Paradise Systems.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Digital Copy of Naked Body

    A digital copy of the book! Ships to any email you want.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    85 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 22 or more About US$ 22

    Physical Copy of Naked Body

    The print edition of Naked Body, 100 full-color pages of comics, delivered to your address. Final dimensions will measure 6.75” by 9.75”.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    189 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 30 or more About US$ 30

    Become a Paradise Systems Supporter

    Thank you for helping sustain our work. We will include your name in a list of acknowledgements at the back of the book.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    Naked Body + Giclée Print by Yan Cong

    The physical book, plus a 6.5” by 9.75” giclée print by Beijing-based cartoonist and comics editor Yan Cong.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Yan Cong Giclée Print
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    Naked Body + Giclée Print by Jun Cen

    The physical book, plus a 6.5” by 9.75” giclée print by New York-based illustrator Jun Cen.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Jun Cen Giclée Print
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    18 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    Naked Body + Giclée Print by Inkee Wang

    The physical book, plus a 6.5” by 9.75” giclée print by Chinese cartoonist and Naked Body contributor Inkee Wang.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Inkee Wang Giclée Print
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 40 or more About US$ 40

    Naked Body + 2 Vintage Lianhuanhua

    Lianhuanhua are vintage pulp comics from China, remnants of one of the largest comics industries that ever was. We'll send you two of these classic Chinese comics, bagged in plastic to protect them.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Lianhuanhua
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 49 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Woshibai Comic (Kickstarter Exclusive)

    Closet — a new, 18 page, black and white comic by Shanghai cartoonist Woshibai — will be included with your order!

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Closet by Woshibai (Kickstarter Exclusive)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 60 or more About US$ 60

    Retailer Tier

    This tier is specifically for retailers. It will include five copies of Naked Body at a wholesale rate.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 70 or more About US$ 70

    Three Print Set

    Get all three of the Naked Body giclée prints and fill your walls with art! Includes a copy of Closet by Woshibai.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Closet by Woshibai (Kickstarter Exclusive)
    • Inkee Wang Giclée Print
    • Yan Cong Giclée Print
    • Jun Cen Giclée Print
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Sketch Bookplate Edition

    Get a custom bookplate with a signature and sketch from one of the Naked Body contributors!

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body Sketch Bookplate Edition
    • Closet by Woshibai (Kickstarter Exclusive)
    • Inkee Wang Giclée Print
    • Jun Cen Giclée Print
    • Yan Cong Giclée Print
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    PARADISE SYSTEMS FULL CATALOGUE

    In addition to all of the book rewards, we will send you a copy of at least ten Paradise Systems books. We'll also include one lianhuanhua.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body Sketch Bookplate Edition
    • Closet by Woshibai (Kickstarter Exclusive)
    • Inkee Wang Giclée Print
    • Jun Cen Giclée Print
    • Yan Cong Giclée Print
    • Paradise Systems Full Catalogue
    • Lianhuanhua
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    BECOME A CO-PUBLISHER

    You will be listed as a co-publisher in our book and have access to a production blog about everything that went into making Naked Body. In addition to the Woshibai comic, the prints, and a single lianhuanhua, we will include a copy of the original Chinese anthology, which is not sold anywhere outside of China.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body Sketch Bookplate Edition
    • Closet by Woshibai (Kickstarter Exclusive)
    • Inkee Wang Giclée Print
    • Jun Cen Giclée Print
    • Yan Cong Giclée Print
    • Lianhuanhua
    • 裸体: Chinese Edition of Naked Body
    • Behind the Scenes Blog Access
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 800 or more About US$ 800

    WOSHIBAI COMMISSION

    Shanghai cartoonist Woshibai, author of Migraine, will draw you a one page, black and white commission! The commission will be delivered as a giclée print.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Closet by Woshibai (Kickstarter Exclusive)
    • Inkee Wang Giclée Print
    • Jun Cen Giclée Print
    • Yan Cong Giclée Print
    • Woshibai Commission
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 800 or more About US$ 800

    GANMU COMMISSION

    Ganmu, author of You Lied, will draw you a one page commission! The commission will be delivered as a giclée print.

    Includes:
    • Naked Body Digital Edition
    • Naked Body: An Anthology of Underground Chinese Comics
    • Closet by Woshibai (Kickstarter Exclusive)
    • Inkee Wang Giclée Print
    • Jun Cen Giclée Print
    • Yan Cong Giclée Print
    • Ganmu Commission
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (29 days)