Chinese Animal Proverbs (PDF download)


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An arbitrary collection of illustrated folk sayings.


Please note: This is a listing for a PDF version of an out-of-print zine. The photos are of the original print version. Artist retains all rights. Please do not redistribute.

An arbitrary collection of illustrated folk sayings. A minizine depicting some of the most frequent and favourite colloquialisms I’ve heard from my family since I was a child. Let these fat little animals and their rudimentary limbs be your guide! Never wonder again what “horse horse tiger tiger” means. And the next time your uncoordinated friend defeats you in a game, you can call them a blind cat stumbling on a dead mouse without batting an eye.

8 pages featuring 4 original watercolour illustrations with translations and explanations for the classic Chinese proverbs that inspired them.
PDF file size: 2.5 MB


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Maiji/Mary Huang is a happy little squirrel and also a Taiwanese-Canadian artist and writer based out of Toronto. Her work incorporates themes of mythology, introspection, everyday human experiences, and small fat animals. She is the creator of the webcomic Now Recharging.


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