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Zongxi Deng (China)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

In China, people believe that when you die, you go to another place. The dead are reincarnated in that place and then returned to the real world. They turn back into human beings or animals. It was in this cultural background that I created this story.

What's the story about?

The main character of this story is an entomologist who studies butterflies. After he died, he went to another world. It’s like taking a trip. After all these experiences, he finally chose to become a butterfly and returned to his wife. Butterflies are an important part of his past life. So it’s also a story about missing and loving.

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

This story was an idea I had a long time ago, and then slowly I began to sketch and create the whole story. But it wasn’t fully drawn until I saw the silent book contest, so I decided to perfect the story and enter the contest.


He is an illustrator from Jiangxi Province, China. He grew up in a small county. He like drawing since he was a child. Traditional Chinese culture has a great influence on his works, such as myths and legends. He chose design as my major in college, but he did illustration after graduation. He hasn’t officially published his own picture book yet, but he believe he will definitely publish his own works in the future.