Crazy Crab’s Chinese Dream: Political Cartoons 2012-2013 includes 40 images drawn exclusively for China Digital Times, with explanatory text written by Executive Editor Sophie Beach and a Q&A with the cartoonist.
“I hope to make change, to draw something that we have never thought about, or dared to draw, before,” Crazy Crab tells China Digital Times. “I also want to use cartoons to…spread some question marks in the censorship system.”
All cartoons in the eBook were drawn between February 2012 and September 2013, when Crazy Crab was a contributing cartoonist for China Digital Times. His drawings covered a busy period in Chinese political history, from the downfall of former Chongqing Party Chief Bo Xilai to the transition of power from Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping.
About the author
Crazy Crab is the pen name of a Chinese political cartoonist who draws the series Hexie Farm. His images have been widely and enthusiastically distributed through online channels by both Chinese netizens and fans around the world. The cartoonist, who is currently living overseas, also launched the Dark Glasses: Portrait campaign to show support for activist Chen Guangcheng when he was under residential surveillance in Shandong.
Sophie Beach is the Executive Editor of China Digital Times, an independent, bilingual media organization that brings uncensored news and online voices from China to the world. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications. She lives in Berkeley, California.