Not Your 'Baby': A Comic on China's Punk Rock Pioneers
September 6, 2019 7:29 AM   Subscribe

Not Your 'Baby': A Comic on China's Punk Rock Pioneers
The crazy, heartbreaking story of Hang on the Box, one of China's earliest all-women punk bands. Excerpted from a (forthcoming!) comic-book history of Beijing's musical underground.

Hang on the Box were teenagers when they were featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine, catapulting them to instant fame. It would make them, and eventually, it would break them.

This is an excerpt from 'Open All the Buddha Boxes', a comicbook history of Beijing's underground music scenes. It asks: what if the entire history of 20th century alternative music - from rock’n’roll and punk to new wave and all-night raves - happened in a single place over a single generation?

For two decades, Beijing was that place: a laboratory and a temple for some of the world’s most vital music. This is one out of a hundred possible stories!
Role: Writer and Illustrator
posted by beijingbrown (2 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Damn, you just keep opening these doors to a parallel music space that has been right there all along but I never saw it. Thank you for giving me new (to me) music to listen to and enjoy. Think I'm going to have to spend some time on HotB and so wish I'd known earlier. And, I love how you get emotions economically in the facial expressions and the characters (Changing tastes .... slow splintering.)
posted by Gotanda at 3:50 AM on September 11


Thank you so much, @Gotanda <3
posted by beijingbrown at 1:38 AM on October 14


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