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:star::star::star: If you have issues with Flash and cannot read the comic by clicking the swallow buttons, try one of the following solutions:

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Chapter 1 Bonus

Chapter 2

:w00t: Hereís the first chapter of Knite! :D I hope you all enjoy! Thereíll be about 7 or 8 more chapters to go so Iíll be super busy as usual.

Translations to other languages can be viewed here :iconknites:
If you are interested in translating Knite, please read this [link] Thank you!

Iíll post a few pages of the scriptless jpeg version onto dA everyday until the next chapter comes out. I was able to finish Ch1 in roughly a month over winter break but I'll need to slow down now that Iím back at college and I have to work on commissions to pay for college XD

:heart: BIG THANKS to :iconneneno: my Art Major friend, for proof reading the script and critiquing my drawings. Also BIG THANKS to my best friend, Leah, who helped me with the story plot, and my roommate, :iconmisosouper: , for fixing my typos XD. Last but not least, BIG THANKS to :icongo-devil-dante: for her awesome Flash tutorials that taught me how to make this comic possible! :D :hug: :heart: :love: I love you all!

Everything was drawn in Paint tool SAI, the textures were added in Photoshop, and the comic was put together in Macromedia Flash.

PS If you haven't already, you can also read my first one shot comic
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Knite: Chapter 1 by *yuumei "Amazingly sweet, touching and inspiring story by *yuumei, with wonderful illustrations and colours." ( Featured by NikiVandermosten )
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oreoes4all Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm in tears man. That was beautiful.
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soldier6of6night6 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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NightyMary Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Amazing, amazing, amaziiiing ! >w< This is so damn beautiful.
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mrsvasiliev Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Is it necessary to portray China as a dystopia? I've been to China many times and I can assure you it's not. What do you mean China is a depressing place to live? As a Chinese person, even though I grew up in Canada, I find it really offensive. My father, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all live in China and you think their existence is depressing? One child policy is not as strict as you think it is. If you make the choice of paying the fine and forgoing certain social benefits you can have as many kids as you want.

 I get really annoyed at seeing this perpetuation of Orientalism. This idea that the west is natural, superior, and logical, whereas the orient is despotic, corrupt, and generally the antithesis to the west has been embedded in the textual attitude of western literature since the nineteenth century.

Orientalism is used by the west as an excuse to invade and control the Orient by claiming that they have moral superiority. They claim orientals can't govern themselves so they need to be controlled by Europeans. Hardly anyone talks about corrupt politicians in western countries, whereas in your comic Chinese politician is synonymous with thief. This attitude did not spring up out of no where, this is absorbed through hundreds of years of orientalist discourse that oriental government is despotic (in this post-colonial era, non-western-style government is despotic). 

  In your comic you make the juxtaposition of China and a "land with a starlit sky"(which I presume is a western country). While the line is beautiful, affecting and poetic it places the west above China. This is classic orientalist us versus them, better versus worse, superior versus inferior. In your author's note you suggest that Chinese people are ignorant/ in denial for forgetting the second half of the rhyme. I suggest that the rhyme ceased to be socially relevant in light of environmental degradation. I know this sounds like the same thing, but note the word choice. How is your textual attitude effected by the use of words like 'ignorance' and 'denial' in reference to Chinese people? Beyond textual evidence, may I point out the attire of the main character is exoticism, a part of orientalism. Even though he is a teenager in modern China he is dressed in traditional Chinese clothing. The clothing becomes a short hand for China. It is used to fulfill western expectations of what a Chinese person looks like. This further emphasizes the difference between the familiar versus the exotic, and widens the gap between the west and the orient. I therefore argue that the textual attitude of your comic follows a long tradition of racism and stereotype in western literature. Nobody should be contributing further to the discourse of Orientalism especially not a Chinese person.

I'm not saying your opinions are invalid. But you should realize where these opinions come from and what are the ramifications of perpetuating these ideas. Do not let your art be a tool to perpetuate Orientalism.
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Klope3 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yuumei is actually from China. This may just be an expression of his/her experience of the country and what it was like to live there.
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Sebskidoodles Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014   General Artist
I understand what your saying and why it was offensive to you, but i think your missing the main point of the story. Its unfortunate but most politicians are thieves(not just the Chinese ones). I live in Australia and our government is useless( Dont get me started, but our refugee policies are abhorrent( if you didn't know we send them back or straight to Papua New Guinea)). I interpreted this story as a statement on the pollution of the entire world, with China just being the artists example. In fact the story hardly even focuses on any 'political' oppression.

In my humble opinion, for the world and humanity to grow we need to focus less on the 'us' and 'them' mentality and accept that were all humans, and that all of us need to work towards a cleaner and happier life style.
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:iconnatsuki-miaka-nagisa:
yuumei-chan how to make things like this?
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
:)
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Japanimenya Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Love love love this <3 I liked how you based this story on China! Like you, I am also born from China :D That makes me really admire your work, especially if they have a touch of Chinese in them ;) <3
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Forfrysning Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
oh my god, right in the feels
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