In recent years, Beijing-based cartoonist fenta has been working on a series of comics about a talking bat, Afu, and his companion, Ada. The series has always been focused on vignettes about life in contemporary China, so it was natural for him to make work depicting changes during this unprecedented moment.
Starting in 2019, Xinmei Liu has been a tremendous addition to the Paradise Systems team. As we were working to complete the Naked Body anthology, Xinmei's design and editorial experience were invaluable. Since then, she has also worked on translating, editing, and designing a series of comics by Chinese cartoonists that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regarding this comic, Monkee writes, "During the outbreak, I spent a lot of time on WeChat discussing all kinds of injustices that were occurring. Then one morning my friends and I all received notices that we had been permanently banned from WeChat. Many other people also received this message, including doctors on the front lines. I drew this in hopes that people will continue to speak out."