Hard Melody

Hard Melody

Three thirty-year-old friends reunite in Beijing after nearly 10 years apart. They used to be free-wheeling rock-and-rollers without a care in the world, but now, after tasting their own variation of freedom in new China, they are tormented by how unforgiving and unglamorous life had become. Nothing at all like the fame and fortune they dreamed about as kids.

After comparing stories of disappointment over beers, they are reminded of how much youth they’ve lost when a group of kids torments them into a brawl.  Re-energized by the encounter, they decide to reform the band and this time take over the world.  But reality gets in the way when one of them finds out his family is going to be evicted along with their whole neighborhood due to shady government zoning.  Putting their dreams aside to fight for their rightful property, they find themselves in a violent uprising pitting neighborhood residents against police and bulldozers… And when the heat gets turned up high enough, fuses are bound to be lit…

A story of youthful dreams clashing with the reality of adulthood, set against the backdrop of modern China.

The debut work of LU MING, widely celebrated as the representative of Chinese realist comics, and the first Chinese illustrator to win a Gold Lion at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity

A tale of dreams, brotherhood, and sacrifice

In the tradition of Hong Kong directors like Johnnie To and Wong Kar-Wai

Like a noir film in sequential illustration.

Heavy Metal Poetry

Rebellion isn't always for the young...

  • Pages: 100 pages
  • Format: Hardcover with spotUV
  • Size:  8.5″ x 11″
  • Cover Price: $19.99
  • ISBN:  978-1-951719-08-1
  • DOC:  TBD
  • RELEASE DATE: April 2021


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Born in 1982 in Beijing and a graduate of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the cartoonist and illustrator LU MING is considered the leading representative of Chinese realist comics.

His work has been published in many countries, combining traditional Chinese elements with contemporary pop culture. The first Chinese illustrator to win a Gold Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, he has also been a publicist, director, and producer of animated short films and has also worked as a production designer for the legendary Hong Kong action film director, Tsui Hark.

He is also a guitarist for the rock band NUBEER, who have toured around the world.