As The Coronavirus Rages On, Cartoonists Lash Out With Irony, Quiet And Candor
Despite dramatic measures taken to stem the tide, the coronavirus is still spreading across China and the rest of the world. Confined to their homes, independent cartoonists in China continue expressing their views around the epidemic through their works. Some creators have reached a state of detached irony, while others are quietly critical. Most however are in the thick of it in (one way or another) and are pining for a better tomorrow.
An Ironic Approach
撒旦君 Sadan has created two mythical creatures (above and below) that act as fantastical metaphors of what has gone wrong in the handling of epidemic – the latest in his longrunning 华夏异事录 series documenting societal ills through the guise of mystic beings. The illustration above shows a half person, half snake with an ancient official’s hat silencing a doctor and journalist while holding them in a deadly grip. Below, a ghost haunts and prevents a journalist from writing or speaking.
Meanwhile, 赤顔犬和乖蜂 has taken a lighter approach with this slapstick gag:
Quiet Acts of Protest
golo 高佬 silently commemorates the life and death of Dr. Li Wenliang, a doctor who tried to raise the alarm around the virus early and was censured for it.
方块阿兽 posted her illustration, appropriately without a caption, that shows mobile phone messages peeling and falling off spontaneously in what we can only assume is a statement about how the online censors in China are hard at work once again harmonizing public opinion around the virus.
A Candid Confession
Lastly, IsThatWei teamed up with 鲸鱼海里游233 to express their heartfelt feelings around what it’s been like to be back in their hometown of Wuhan for the winter holiday (which we’ve translated below):
See our previous coverage of cartoonists and the coronavirus:
- 21 Chinese Cartoonists Unite in a Dragonball Fanfic to Fight the Coronavirus
- Chinese Cartoonists Grieve, Pray & Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Orion Martin contributed editing to this article.