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"Be an Emotionless Killer" by Wang Xuanxuan

"Be an Emotionless Killer" by Wang Xuanxuan

In this comic from February 5th, Wang Xuanxuan records a conversation between two roommates who are suddenly thinking about what might happen to them as the pandemic continues.

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"Quarantine" by Yang Ji

"Quarantine" by Yang Ji

Yang Ji's sci-fi-inflected comic imagines a world of total isolation. Published on February 16 when much of China was under lockdown, it captures the unmooring feeling of quarantine and socializing only in digital spaces.

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"Memories of Spring 2020" by FireStealer

"Memories of Spring 2020" by FireStealer

Published on March 3, these wordless illustrations capture iconic moments from the first months of the pandemic in China. Ranging from illustrations of police blockades and a viral video in which a dog was killed to snapshots of daily life, they commemorate a time when the future felt profoundly uncertain. FireStealer wrote that he wanted to record these specifics in the style of a children's book, creating a contextless record for future generations.

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Paradise Systems Sales Donated to RAPP Campaign

Paradise Systems Sales Donated to RAPP Campaign

  For the next two months, all money spent on Paradise Systems books through our website will be donated directly to the RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) Campaign. From the RAPP website, "RAPP works to end mass incarceration and promote racial justice through the release from prison of older and aging people and those serving long and life sentences. The number of people aged 50 and older in New York State, where RAPP was founded, has doubled since 2000." The issue has become even more pressing as aging people in prison are especially vulnerable to covid-19 as it spreads...

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"Diary of a Day" by gantea

"Diary of a Day" by gantea

"Diary of a Day" by gantea Originally published February 6th In this comic, gantea documents some of her experiences as the quarantines were spreading across mainland China. She has now moved back to Urumqi, in the Xinjiang province of China. She says that although there are few reported cases, anxiety of an outbreak remains high. Since the comic was published, her family got a new fish to replace the one that died.  Comic by gantea Translation and design by Xinmei Liu Foreword and editing by Xinmei Liu, R. Orion Martin, and Jason Li Originally published by Art Book China as...

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