post writeup: maryquant
signing location: Kaohsiung Exhibition Center (?)
(Mr. Chen is very happy about the Taiwan readers’ warm reception!)
You know, he hasn’t changed a bit since 2010!
In response, Mr. Chen blushed and said: Actually, I have more white hair now. (sad) But it feels quite relaxing to come to a Taiwan signing. The Taiwan readers are very nice, unlike Hong Kong readers who often make special requests that put him in a bind. (what kind of request!?)
Now here are his answers to your questions:
Q: We’re all concerned about the syndication schedule. Will it return to being bi-monthly?
A: Right now it’s already at full speed. (He felt bad, but he insists on a certain quality of the art and story… So please be patient. This is his life’s dream and career, therefore he will definitely complete it.)
Q: Who is the Eighth Genius? Will he appear this year?
A: Why does this question follow me everywhere! How do I put this…
moderator: You were asked this the last time you were here in 2010. Who knew we would still be waiting in agony to this day
A: This year… no promises… Uh… how do I put this? (he’s stalling)
mod: That’s not a good sign. So has this character been the same one since the beginning? Any change?
A: Still the same person. No changes.
Q: Have you played the Ravages games? What do you think about them?
A: I have played them… but when I do it still felt like I was working. I wasn’t having “fun”.
Q: What happened to those tens of thousands of dead bodies in the (long) river?
A: For the sake of world peace, they automatically disappeared!
Q: Do you have a grudge against Zhang Liao? Whenever he says “no one can survive the reach of my sword” he ends up…
A: Not at all! (Actually Zhang Liao has been given a lot of attention and love from Mr. Chen recently. [Zhang Liao] will be taking center stage soon. Right now it’s just setting the backdrop.)
Q: Your favorite characters tend to end up… After you said your favorite is Lü Bu, there was that “send off in the rain”. In 2010 you told us your favorite is Sun Ce… then he became useless. And now your favorite is?
A: Fear not, everyone! They are long dead. They’re all dead. So don’t be afraid.
mod: My Xiao Meng… QAQ
(my crying face must have been too much… so Mr. Chen drew a Xiao Meng for me without me asking)
Q: Your battlefield scenes are filled with soldiers. Are they exhausting to draw?
A: …Actually, they were drawn by my assistants. (sweating)
(No one can devote their energy to so many areas. He insisted on drawing the “horses” in a Three Kingdoms story and drawing them well… So he had to relegate [the task of drawing] soldiers to the assistant.)
Q: Now that there has been a stage-play of Ravages, are there plans for a movie or TV series in the future?
A: They’re still in talks. However, the most likely project to be green-lit might be a cartoon!
Q: Would there be LINE Emotes of Ravages? I’ve always wanted to send my boss one of “for Dark Art of War, I sacrifice my Lord” XD
A: Both the editor and I have thought about that. We love the idea, but LINE isn’t popular in Hong Kong. WeChat or Whatsapp are more common there, which doesn’t have emotes feature. So we’re still just thinking about it.
Q: On the book-jacket you once spoke of a cockroach that lived in your desk… Is it still there?
A: Yes! And it’s already the fifth generation. (How could he know that!)
mod: In accordance to Sun clan’s Perpetuation Principle!?
A: Exactly. (laugh)
2016.04.29 reader ciper added his own cheery-picked notes (ciper’s comment in parenthesis) on the rest of that interview:
1. Based on Mr. Chen’s plan, Ravages could be treated like a Trilogy. Part one is the Lü Bu Arc, part one is the Guandu and Red Cliff Arc, and part three is the Three Kingdoms Arc. The third part will be very long, since Liu Shan must appear in principle, so… you could deduce the length!
2. The Eight Eccentrics will be explained later. Mr. Chen believes that Religion is also a method of war, and he wants to explore the idea of how Religion influences people’s minds. Look forward to Zhang Lu of Hanzhong with regard to the Eight Eccentrics. (Liu Bei will play a key role in that arc too!)
3. Sixth will have more screen time and exciting stories during the West Shu Conquest arc. (a luxurious send-off?)
4. Of all the Three Kingdoms adaptations, Mr. Chen loves Yokoyama Mitsuteru’s Sangokushi and Sōten Kōro the most. He likes Sangokushi for its faithfulness to Romance of the Three Kingdoms; while he likes the latter for how well it conveyed some of the philosophies. But Mr. Chen would not tell a story in the same way as Sōten Kōro, and he thinks history is filled with lies, so he likes to pull from various sources to present his own interpretation.
5. Mr. Chen’s favorite character in the last arc of the Three Kingdoms era is A-dou (Liu Shan). Surrender when it’s time to surrender- don’t prolong the suffering of the people. That kind of wisdom by the one in charge would not be understood by the subordinates. And as for Liu Xie, his end would have come sooner had it not been for Cao Cao. Therefore people should not judge Cao Cao so harshly in this regard. (I got a bad feeling for Jiang Wei…)
6. Eight Geniuses. Sure, he’ll show up when it’s time. (Maybe not this year, perhaps a toss-up between him and Sixth of who will get screen time first… And then Zhang Lu, feels like forever… The implication is that this four commandery arc will take a year…)
======== overview of comments at the bottom of the original thread ========
* animation! +3
* we will keep waiting for the Eighth!
* “for the sake of world peace…” +4
* “they’re all dead” +2
* comments about the card game
* need more substance to Zhang Liao’s scenes
* so three-week release schedule is at max speed XD