Vol.01
Vol. 01             Birth of the Stone Monkey                       Created by    WEI DONG CHEN   Wei Dong Chen, a highly ...
*   Characters                                                     Volume 01                 SUN WU KONG                 B...
MASTER PUTIOne of the ten disciples of Buddha, Master Puti is themysterious figure who teaches Sun Wu Kong how to performt...
*   Characters                 THE KING OF HELL                 The King of Hell appears first in Hindu myth as a ruler of...
IN THE BEGINNINGOF THE WORLD,WHEN THE THREESOVEREIGNS ANDFIVE EMPERORSRULED, THE WORLDWAS DIVIDED INTOFOUR LARGECONTINENTS...
SH   REEK      AT THE TOP OF SPRING      MOUNTAIN LAY A ROCK      THAT HAD ABSORBED      THE ENERGY OF      HEAVEN AND EAR...
HOOHOHG         KA A A                  AA ..BOO M
AND GAVE BIRTH TO A STONE MONKEY.        Uugghh          ...Hahaha...
TWO BEAMS OFGOLDEN LIGHT SHOTTOWARD HEAVENFROM THE STONEMONKEYS EYES.WOOSH                    What the...                 ...
HA   HA HA      HA       HA H           A        HA         ...AND HIS LAUGHTER SHOOK            THE PALACE OF HEAVEN.
WOOSHHA   HA HA   HA
THE JADE EMPEROR OF HEAVEN                                  What is                                   that                ...
You wontbelieve this,                         A stone but a stone                          monkeymonkey was               ...
MEANWHILE, BACK ONSPRING MOUNTAIN...    What’s   going on?    There’s    nothing     here.
CH       K     UAA             Yes!           Got it!                                 Nice                                ...
Oh, no.                                    He saw                                     us!          RUN!                   ...
Wow,                                  What he’s so  fast!                                    do you want                  ...
It’s our ownThis is Spring                              paradise, Mountain.                                  with flowers ...
FROM THEN ONTHE STONE MONKEYLIVED WITH THEMONKEYS OFSPRING MOUNTAIN.                   LIKE A PROVERB                   TH...
ONE DAY,               THE STONE MONKEY               AND A THRONG OF               OTHERS WENT TO               A VALLEY ...
There is                         a legend                         that the         But                         waterfall  ...
LAS                       SP           H       Heh,                   LASH                  SP the water flowmeans nothing...
Whoa! I neverimagined therewas a cave  behind the    waterfall.                 This is                 incre-            ...
SHWA                                         K                                                  Jackpot!                  ...
He says he                                  found the                                  treasure!                          ...
Wowo w~W         ~
THE MONKEYS FOLLOWED THE STONE MONKEYTO A PLACE EQUIPPED WITH A WATER SPRING,A KITCHEN, TABLES, BEDS, TABLEWARE, ANDPOTS A...
SHUI LIAN DONG                 We’ve found                    Shui                    Lian                    Dong!!!
This is our                                                      nest, called                                             ...
What         Puck~                                                                are you                                 ...
Stone monkey will be               our king from now on.                                       These are                  ...
Relax--               We will do              whatever we                                      How              can to mak...
By the way,“Stone Monkey King”  sounds awkward.                                     "Handsome                             ...
Cheers!FROM THAT TIME ON,THE BAND OF MONKEYSFOLLOWED THE HANDSOMEMONKEY KING, ENJOYINGTHEMSELVES DURINGTHE DAY AND SLEEPIN...
TIME FLEW BY, AND200 YEARS PASSED.                            Z z z...            Handsome           Monkey King!         ...
Look            at that!                         Wha..?                                          Isn’t this the           ...
No matter                        how long                        you live, you can never                                  ...
They’ve    escaped                        Is that so? the bridle of                     Then I will   Samsara.            ...
Good bye,                            everyone!                   Keep               watch over              Shuiliandong  ...
THE HANDSOME MONKEY KINGSRAFT REACHED THE SOUTHERNCONTINENT BY RIDING THESOUTHEASTERLY WIND.HE LEARNED THE CUSTOMS ANDLANG...
Episode One from Monkey King Vol. 1 by Wei Dong Chen and Chao Peng
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Born from a stone on Spring Mountain and given the title of the Handsome Monkey King, Sun Wu Kong is the main character of Monkey King (The Journey to the West), which is regarded as one of China’s greatest novels.

It is evident from the start of the story that Sun Wu Kong is very conceited. He seeks to learn the secret of eternal life, but uses the teachings of Master Puti to wreak havoc in various worlds, traveling by cloud and wielding a powerful miracle staff to intimidate other rulers and declare himself “the Emperor of Heaven.” He is finally stopped by Buddha, who locks him away on Five-Finger Mountain for five hundred years. Upon his release, Sun Wu Kong departs for India in search of the Buddhist scriptures. During the journey he learns patience and a sense of responsibility, defeating the monsters that block his path before becoming one of Buddha’s fighters.

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Episode One from Monkey King Vol. 1 by Wei Dong Chen and Chao Peng

  1. 1. Vol.01
  2. 2. Vol. 01 Birth of the Stone Monkey Created by WEI DONG CHEN Wei Dong Chen, a highly acclaimed and beloved artist, and an influential leader in the “New Chinese Cartoon” trend, is the founder of Creator World in Tianjin, the largest comics studio in China. Recently the Chinese government entrusted himwith the role of general manager of the Beijing Book Fair, and his reputation as a pillarof Chinese comics has brought him many students. He has published more than three hundred cartoons, which have been recognized for their strong literary value not only in Korea, but in Europe and Japan, as well. Free spirited and energetic, Wei Dong Chen’s positivist philosophy is reflected in the wisdom of his work. He is published serially in numerous publications while continuing to conceive projects that explore new dimensions of the form. Illustrated by CHAO PENG Chao Peng is considered one of Chen Wei Dong’s greatest students, and is the director of cartoon at Creator World in Tianjin. One of the most highly regarded cartoonists in China today, Chao Peng’s fantastic technique and expression of Chinese culture have won him the acclaim of cartoon lovers throughout China. His other works include "My Pet" and "Searching for the World of Self". Original story “The Journey to The West” by Wu, Cheng En Editing & Designing Sun Media, Design Hongs, David Teez, Jonathan Evans, YK Kim, HJ Lee, SH Lee, Qing Shao, Xiao Nan Li, Ke Hu ©Chen, Wei Dong 2011 All rights reserved. Original Chinese edition published by Anhui Fine Arts Publishing House.Scanning, uploading, and electronic distribution of this book is prohibited.
  3. 3. * Characters Volume 01 SUN WU KONG Born from a stone on Spring Mountain and given the title of the Handsome Monkey King, Sun Wu Kong is the main character of Monkey King (The Journey to the West), which is regarded as one of China’s greatest novels. It is evident from the start of the story that Sun Wu Kong is very conceited. He seeks to learn the secret of eternal life, but uses the teachings of Master Puti to wreak havoc in various worlds, traveling by cloud and wielding a powerful miracle staff to intimidate other rulers and declare himself “the Emperor of Heaven.” He is finally stopped by Buddha, who locks him away on Five-Finger Mountain for five hundred years. Upon his release, Sun Wu Kong departs for India in search of the Buddhist scriptures. During the journey he learns patience and a sense of responsibility, defeating the monsters that block his path before becoming one of Buddha’s fighters.
  4. 4. MASTER PUTIOne of the ten disciples of Buddha, Master Puti is themysterious figure who teaches Sun Wu Kong how to performtransfigurations as well as the secret of eternal life. Master Putiis an important and decisive figure in The Journey to the Westbecause it is he who nurtures Sun Wu Kong into a powerfulfigure who can disrupt not only the earthly world, but theheavenly world as well.THE EVIL KINGThe Evil King agitates the world and literally feeds on itsdestruction. While Sun Wu Kong was away learning fromMaster Puti, the Evil King tortured and killed many of themonkeys on Spring Mountain. When Sun Wu Kong returns,he immediately kills the Evil King, and is welcomed homeas the savior of the surviving monkeys.TAI BAI HESPERUSTai Bai Hesperus is a heavenly god of Chinese myth whoacts as a messenger of Jade Emperor, similar to the mannerin which Mercury (Hermes in Greek mythology) acts as amessenger to Jupiter (Zeus). In The Journey to the West, Tai BaiHesperus is ordered by Jade Emperor to offer Sun Wu Kongthe position of Horse Wrangler to keep the Monkey King fromcausing mischief.
  5. 5. * Characters THE KING OF HELL The King of Hell appears first in Hindu myth as a ruler of life and death. When the souls of the dead come to the underground, the King of Hell judges them on what has been done during their lifetimes and rewards or punishes them accordingly. Accroding to Veda, the Hindu Script, he was called Yama. He is said to punish those whose deeds he considers evil, but in the Journey to the West he asks the Jade Emperor to punish Sun Wu Kong after being defeated by the Monkey King. GENERAL JU LING One of heavenly generals under the command of King Li Jing known for his incredible size and strength, General Ju Ling leads a heavenly army to Spring Mountain to get rid of Sun Wu Kong, but is no match for the Monkey King and his miracle staff. King Li Jing orders the beheading of General Ju Ling after the defeat, but others dissuade the king from executing him.
  6. 6. IN THE BEGINNINGOF THE WORLD,WHEN THE THREESOVEREIGNS ANDFIVE EMPERORSRULED, THE WORLDWAS DIVIDED INTOFOUR LARGECONTINENTS. ON THE COAST OF THE EASTERN CONTINENT, THERE WAS A NATION CALLED AO LAI. IT IS HERE THAT WE FIND THE SPIRITUAL PLACE CALLED SPRING MOUNTAIN.
  7. 7. SH REEK AT THE TOP OF SPRING MOUNTAIN LAY A ROCK THAT HAD ABSORBED THE ENERGY OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.THE ENERGY WITHINBROUGHT FORTH LIFE. ???
  8. 8. HOOHOHG KA A A AA ..BOO M
  9. 9. AND GAVE BIRTH TO A STONE MONKEY. Uugghh ...Hahaha...
  10. 10. TWO BEAMS OFGOLDEN LIGHT SHOTTOWARD HEAVENFROM THE STONEMONKEYS EYES.WOOSH What the... Ha ha...
  11. 11. HA HA HA HA HA H A HA ...AND HIS LAUGHTER SHOOK THE PALACE OF HEAVEN.
  12. 12. WOOSHHA HA HA HA
  13. 13. THE JADE EMPEROR OF HEAVEN What is that sound? Who makes this fuss? Clairvoyance and Fair Wind! What’s happened?
  14. 14. You wontbelieve this, A stone but a stone monkeymonkey was on Springjust born on Mountain Spring … Mountain. Animals in the lower world live and perish by the energy of heaven and earth. Leave them as they are!
  15. 15. MEANWHILE, BACK ONSPRING MOUNTAIN... What’s going on? There’s nothing here.
  16. 16. CH K UAA Yes! Got it! Nice shot! LAS SP H LASHSP
  17. 17. Oh, no. He saw us! RUN! BOI N G LAS SP H H LAS SP LAS HSP
  18. 18. Wow, What he’s so fast! do you want from me? Who Who am I?the hell Well,are you? I came down from the top of the mountain… See, it was you! You must be the cause of the explosion at the top of the mountain. Who are you? We thought the sky was falling. What did you do?
  19. 19. It’s our ownThis is Spring paradise, Mountain. with flowers and fruitIts a paradise for all for monkeys. seasons. Umm, I think that came from my stomach. Come on-- let us offer our hospitality. It means youre hungry. THE MONKEYS OF SPRING MOUNTAIN SOON ACCEPTED THE STONE MONKEY AS ONE OF THEIR OWN. Are these fruits? They’re so delicious!
  20. 20. FROM THEN ONTHE STONE MONKEYLIVED WITH THEMONKEYS OFSPRING MOUNTAIN. LIKE A PROVERB THAT SAYS NOTHING AGES DEEP IN A MOUNTAIN, THEY LED A COMFORTABLE LIFE, FEELING HAPPY AND CONTENT.
  21. 21. ONE DAY, THE STONE MONKEY AND A THRONG OF OTHERS WENT TO A VALLEY TO ENJOY THEMSELVES. AH ASW Did you see that? ZING Something just flashed in the waterfall. You must have seen a reflection from beneath the water.
  22. 22. There is a legend that the But waterfall they are contains just old precious wives’ treasures. tales. Treasure? King? As you can see, The flow of water is too strong. Those who have attempted to getthrough are now fish food. But if one can reach the treasure, he will be king.
  23. 23. LAS SP H Heh, LASH SP the water flowmeans nothingto me. Ill getthe treasure! WHAM Oww! I guess I dont know my own strength! Huh?
  24. 24. Whoa! I neverimagined therewas a cave behind the waterfall. This is incre- dible!
  25. 25. SHWA K Jackpot! Wow, hes still alive! ...The stonemonkey must have died. What do you think? He must have either drowned or smashed. You will never P believe HUM what I just T found! The poor thing. Follow me!
  26. 26. He says he found the treasure! Is it real? Really? Did you really find the legendary Wow! treasures Amazing. Wow. in there?He came out Unbelie- alive. vable! Im not exactly sure. Youll have to see. Follow me! You’ll see. Whatever it is, it makes this a lucky day for us!
  27. 27. Wowo w~W ~
  28. 28. THE MONKEYS FOLLOWED THE STONE MONKEYTO A PLACE EQUIPPED WITH A WATER SPRING,A KITCHEN, TABLES, BEDS, TABLEWARE, ANDPOTS ALL MADE OF STONE.
  29. 29. SHUI LIAN DONG We’ve found Shui Lian Dong!!!
  30. 30. This is our nest, called ShuiLianDong, the blessed lair of Spring Mountain! We will be able to live here forever! Hey,thats mine! Do you wanna die? What do you think you’re doing? Move over! I saw it first! Hmm.
  31. 31. What Puck~ are you doing?This is thethrone ofour great king! CR ACK Ack! Listen Stone carefully! monkey! Why? He’s looking for you! Stone monkey! Where are you? As I said earlier, anyone who retrieves the treasure will be our king.
  32. 32. Stone monkey will be our king from now on. These are your new wenches. Its our duty to comfort the great king from now on! All of you,look at me!
  33. 33. Relax-- We will do whatever we How can to make embarrassing you happy. for you. How dare you touchGet away! His Majesty! I don’tneed you! Go, get outta here. You Your What should must Hmm... Majesty! they do? follow my orders from now on! Enjoy yourselves until you are tired. And then keep right on enjoying yourselves! Ha ha ha! King!
  34. 34. By the way,“Stone Monkey King” sounds awkward. "Handsome Monkey King"? Youre right. Lets try I am “Handsome That sounds Handsome! Monkey King." much better. A toast! Hurrah! HandsomeMonkey King! Hurrah! To the day we found a home where all of us can avoid the wind and rain!
  35. 35. Cheers!FROM THAT TIME ON,THE BAND OF MONKEYSFOLLOWED THE HANDSOMEMONKEY KING, ENJOYINGTHEMSELVES DURINGTHE DAY AND SLEEPING INSHUI LIAN DONG AT NIGHT.IT WAS A HAPPY LIFE.
  36. 36. TIME FLEW BY, AND200 YEARS PASSED. Z z z... Handsome Monkey King! Wake up! It is urgent! Hum... What is it?
  37. 37. Look at that! Wha..? Isn’t this the old monkey? Why is he lying on the ground? No matter how pleasantHes... life can be,dead. every creature Living on earth beings perishes. never know when theyll be dragged down to the underworld by the King of Hell. What? Dead? Really…?
  38. 38. No matter how long you live, you can never avoid meeting the messengers from below. Can we never escapethe fate of death in this world? If youre not controlled by Buddha, Only if the wizards, or you can live the King of forever. Hell.
  39. 39. They’ve escaped Is that so? the bridle of Then I will Samsara. search the They havent world forbeen born and the answer, will not die. beginning tomorrow. They will live as long as heaven and earth. I will discover the secret to eternal life and avoid the disaster imposed by the King of Hell. Dragon! Take care of my friends! I will return when I find what Im looking for. THE NEXT DAY, AFTER A GRAND FAREWELL, THE HANDSOME MONKEY KING LEFT ON A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE WIZARDS.
  40. 40. Good bye, everyone! Keep watch over Shuiliandong while Im away. ...Handsome Monkey King!...Will we ever see you again?... sob Take care... Please come back quickly.
  41. 41. THE HANDSOME MONKEY KINGSRAFT REACHED THE SOUTHERNCONTINENT BY RIDING THESOUTHEASTERLY WIND.HE LEARNED THE CUSTOMS ANDLANGUAGE OF THE LOCALS ANDLOOKED FOR THOSE WHO SOUGHTTHE SECRET TO IMMORTALITY. HE WAS THERE FOR 8 YEARS, AND ALTHOUGH HE MET EACH AND EVERY PERSON LIVING THERE, NO ONE SOUGHT ANYTHING BUT FAME AND WEALTH, SO HE WENT TO THE WESTERN CONTINENT.

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