Warning : The following post contains adult content.
Monkey King ( Saiyukiden Daienou ) is a graphic novel by Japanese concept artist/illustrator Katsuya Terada. It’s a loose retelling of the Chinese classic novel “Journey to the West”, where Sun Wukong the Monkey Deity protects the monk Tripitaka as he makes his way to India in search of enlightenment. The journey is perilous, fraught with danger on every turn as powerful demons seek to capture Tripitaka, for his flesh, once consumed, grants immortality.
First published in late 1998, it quickly secured Terada’s reputation as a manga artist. After some 12 years of waiting, Terada finally released volume II last year. ( read the review here. )
(above) Perhaps Terada-san was paying tribute to the Spanish Old Master Francisco Goya, in his painting Saturn Devouring His Son. (below) Goya is an amazing painter, but he created some pretty disturbing work in his time. *shudders*
Katsuya Terada’s “Monkey King Vol 1″ graphic novel details :
- Dimensions – 21 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
- Softcover, 128 pages
- Full color, in Japanese language
Also check out these art books by Katsuya Terada :