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20 km/h

Drawn and Quarterly

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ISBN10: 177046669X
ISBN13: 9781770466692


376 Pages


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How fast can you go in a buggy drawn by the flap of a butterfly’s wings? How do you measure the speed of waking from a dream? Such abstract inquiries into the unrelenting absurdity of contemporary life make up this omnibus of meditative vignettes from one of mainland China’s most prolific and recognizable—yet anonymous—new underground cartoonists of the current generation.

Every story in 20 km/h toes the line between pun and poetry, and lands somewhere just short of a zen koan: Come back to it as often as you like, it will never read quite the same way twice. A nondescript figure awakes from an assembly line of identically fashioned companions and boards a rowboat destined for the unknown. A man holds the key to sleep in his hand and uses it to disappear into his mattress. The moon is plucked from the sky and fed into a vending machine for a can of soda.

Woshibai’s minimalist renderings are a startlingly delightful cocktail of existential dread and silent slapstick that arrest the mind’s eye with equal parts humor and grace.


Praise for 20 km/h

“Silent, short, unexpected, surreal—there’s a snackable brevity to them that’s unsurprisingly amassed a huge following.”SOLRAD

“Woshibai's hilariously clever comics explore themes of mundanity and reverie . . . Saying so much with so little is certainly [his] charm.”It’s Nice That