Nick Stember is a translator and historian of Chinese comics and science fiction, currently working on a PhD on early Reform-era lianhuanhua (comic books) in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. In 2016 he completed his Master of Arts in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia with his (very readable and not at all obscure) thesis on the formation of the Shanghai Manhua Society in the mid-1920s.

In addition to co-founding the Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel in 2017, Nick’s work has been featured on the websites of The Comics JournalPaper Republic, Danwei, Frog in a WellOptical Sloth, Tor, Boing Boing, iO9, Rolling Stone, the BBC World Service, and the South China Morning Post.  Since 2014, he has worked as a consultant for a variety of ventures, including the Jia Pingwa Institute’s Ugly Stone initiative, Storycom and Clarkesworld Magazine’s Chinese Science Fiction Translation Project and the Grayhawk Agency and the Ministry of Culture (ROC)’s Books from Taiwan.

This blog is part of a larger project to build the world’s first English language encyclopedia of Chinese comics and animation, the Encyclopædia Manhuannica 漫畫百科.

If you have any suggestions for future projects, or would like to donate to support Nick’s translations, there is a Patreon page for that now!