Sunday, May 17, 2015

Crashes and college drive comic artist


ART, MEET LIFE:Tainan native Sun Wei-teng said he hopes his Webcomics serve as memoir of his college years, when the ‘inner beast’ held sway

By Wu Po-hsuan and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Artist Sun Wei-tung provided an undated image of his Webcomic. Known by his pen name, Wei Tung, Sun said an auto accident sparked his career.

Photo courtesy of cartoonist Sun Wei-tung

Internet comic artist Sun Wei-teng (孫維謄), known for his keen observations and using them as inspiration for his work, said he hopes his efforts would help people to keep living, despite unhappiness.
The 25 year-old attributes his online fame to the Yahoo-Kimo portal, which featured his comics on its front page, leading to 800,000 views in a single day.
A car accident fueled his Webcomic foray, Sun said.
He broke his leg during his second year in college, prompting him to take up drawing again while convalescing for seven months.
“I did not look at drawing as a full-time vocation until the story on Yahoo made me famous,” he said.
Sun had a streak of bad luck with vehicles, he said, ranging from an elementary-school bicycle crash he blamed on a malfunction to later being hit by a scooter that was driving on the wrong side of the road.
He was also injured in an accident involving a female high-school student who asked him not to call the police — and then had her male friend threaten him.

Sun said the main character in his comic series is a reflection of himself and other characters are based on his friends.
Sun published a collection of his work, including pieces about his accidents and other bits of college life.
“College life was when the ‘inner beast’ held sway,” Sun said, adding that “there were many memorable incidents during my four years.”
Sun, a Tainan native, said he hoped his comics would also serve as a form of memoir of his college years, adding that he would continue to publish new comics on the Internet and for mobile applications.
“I also hope to explore other genres — such as the gastronomic delicacies of Tainan — with my comics and bring a smile to my readers’ faces,” said Sun, whose Facebook page has more than 260,000 “likes.”
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