We are family
I was born into a very ordinary family in mainland China, and most of us in my generation do not have any siblings. That is the reason why I started to doodle and draw– because I had no playmates. I always liked to use sequential images to tell a story. Later, I fell in love with manga and learned a sensitive narrative technique from it.
We Are a Family is about a girl who feels her dad does not care about her, because when she was little, he neglected her and did not listen to her. This caused her to be very hurt. One day she adopts a street cat, brings it home, and the family lives with this cat and takes care of him together. The dad and the daughter grow to understand each other more, and their relationship becomes closer.
To illustrate this story, I challenged myself by not using grids or panels in the comic. Although most of the comics I read are traditional comics or manga, I also find myself attracted to more unusual comics and zines with unique narrative techniques. So, I wanted to bring some more of that experimentation into my newest story and use dialogue to lead the reader through the story, allowing the audience to be more immersed in the characters’ emotions.
In this story, I talk about the relationship between family members, how they deal with conflicts, and personal growth. I believe people learn and grow all the time, and as we do, we can understand, forgive, and heal from what happened in the past.