A botanist takes his daughter on his trips through the forests and towns of Taiwan – and the girl, who has supernatural powers, meets the local spirits. Six artists, six mythical spirits, six different styles – and one whole new look at Taiwanese folklore.
Sung, a botanist, travels Taiwan in search of unique plants – and takes his daughter, Laqi, with him. But Laqi has special powers and as they travel through Taiwan they see more than just the local sights – the local spirits also come out to meet them and fantastic adventures result.
An elusive white deer who transforms into a beautiful girl; a mischievous troublemaking monkey; a feared bird who wields a horrible curse; a goblin who makes children disappear; a cat ghost forever waiting for its beloved master; and a lonely little girl on a chair who just want to play…. Laqi’s abilities lets her travel into the world of these spirits and hear their stories as she bridges the gap between her world and theirs.
A spin-off from the Laqi movie currently in production, the book features spirits and creatures drawn from the various peoples and places of Taiwan. It is a collection of six short pieces, each drawn by a different emerging graphic novel artist and so having its own unique style, linked to the others by a shared setting and characters. Each shows great imagination and an updating of Taiwan’s myths.