“There was a place near an airport, Kowloon, when Hong Kong wasn’t China, but there had been a mistake, a long time ago, and that place, very small, many people, it still belonged to China. So there was no law there. An outlaw place. And more and more people crowded in; they built it up, higher. No rules, just building, just people living. Police wouldn’t go there. Drugs and whores and gambling. But people living, too. Factories, restaurants. A city. No laws.

William Gibson, Idoru

It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above….

Kowloon ‘Walled’ City lost its wall during the Second World War when Japan invaded and razed the walls for materials to expand the nearby airport. When Japan surrendered, claims of sovereignty over Kowloon finally came to a head between the Chinese and the British. Perhaps to avoid triggering yet another conflict in the wake of a world war, both countries wiped their hands of the burgeoning territory.

And then came the refugees, the squatters, the outlaws. The uncontrolled building of 300 interconnected towers crammed into a seven-acre plot of land had begun and by 1990, Kowloon was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants….

Despite earning its Cantonese nickname, “City of Darkness”, amazingly, many of Kowloon’s residents liked living there. And even with its lack of basic amenities such as sanitation, safety and even sunlight, it’s reported that many have fond memories of the friendly tight-knit community that was “poor but happy”.

“People who lived there were always loyal to each other. In the Walled City, the sunshine always followed the rain,” a former resident told the South China Morning Post….

Today all that remains of Kowloon is a bronze small-scale model of the labyrinth in the middle a public park where it once stood.

This isn’t to say places like Kowloon Walled City no longer exist in Hong Kong….

— from Anywhere But Here: Kowloon “Anarchy” City

here is a reddit AMA from someone who actually lived in this place. Here’s a list of the questions he got and what he answered. 

Nothing is more fascinating than hearing a first-hand account.

(via drawology)

Last one for tonight.
Weird Crime Theater.

Some of the corrections and updates I’ve been making for the print edition of the Weird Crime Theater Graphic Novel.

You can read the whys and hows HERE.


Zao Dao 

Always a little Weird Crime Theater on the drawing board these days. Remind me to fix that smudge later.

On the table today, Melissa the savage!
For Weird Crime Theater

A WIP shot from my drawing board for Weird Crime Theater.

Coming this summer.


Welcome to the Weird Crime Theater Field Report. In this series I’d like to talk about the process of making my first graphic novel. A behind the scenes look at my progress while drawing, editing and designing the book.
Past the giddiness of the kickstarter win and past the emotional highs that come with that, it’s now time to get to work. This week I’ve been looking at the pages I’ve drawn and looking for dips in continuity. For the most part I’m happy with the work I’ve done but this project wasn’t always drawn in the best of conditions and occasionally I wound up with panels like the first one above.

I’m not too sure what happened here but life was a bit of a roller-coaster back then. A lot has happened in the last 9 years. I’m now in a much better place both mentally and artistically. So I was able to redraw the panel in a much more dynamic and lucid manner. It is my hope that, although I believe there is something to the art produced at the “original moment” of comic production, the new panels will lend themselves to a better overall reading experience.

At this point I’m about one-third of the way through the book. The first stories needing the most work, are taking the most time. Things will begin to speed up shortly and I will be drawing the final 2 stories needed to complete the book.

Weird Crime Theater is a kickstarted graphic novel that will be on sale this summer.

You can read more about it HERE.

Still doing some corrections and redraws on one of the older Weird Crime Theater stories. Nothing gives you a sense of scope like looking at something you left behind 8 years ago. And once you start tweaking…
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Oh, dear!
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