First-Person Perspective of China’s Most Infamous Moment from IDW

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Lun Zhang  shares his memories of the Tiananmen Square Massacre 

Will we ever know what happened 31 years ago when one million students stood at Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, China demanding democracy? In the upcoming graphic novel, we will learn what happened from one of the brave young people. Lun Zhang tells what happened during the June Fourth Incident in his upcoming autobiographical IDW graphic novel Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes. This is the latest foray of autobiographical graphic novels following the footsteps of  Springtime in Chernobyl, Burmese Moons, and After the Spring. 

I am looking forward to the publication of this book, because it depicts such an important moment in history, which I personally witnessed. We put a lot of time into recording the details of what happened on Tiananmen Square in 1989. I believe to understand China today, you have to understand how the event has shaped China in the 30 years ensued.

Lun Zhang

IDW Publishing tells the story first-hand from participant Lun Zhang, French journalist and Asia specialist Adrien Gombeaud, and artist Ameziane who weaves a tale about the tens of thousands of students and concerned Chinese citizens that took to the streets demanding political reforms from the communist government.

In an era marked by vast protests against Chinese authority in Hong Kong and the ever-expanding digital surveillance state that threatens the privacy of individuals around the world, now is as important a time as ever to unlock the history of protest and civil unrest within the People’s Republic of China. The story that Zhang, Gombeaud, and Ameziane create brings this deep history and searing desire for change amongst the country’s youth into sharp focus, revealing a complex world of loyalties and ideologies, strained under the mighty weight of tradition.

Justin Eisinger, North American Editor

The novel shares sociology student Lun Zhang’s viewpoint but also Chinese administrations whose cries for freedom were met with gunfire on protestors and bystanders that shook contemporary China as Western Journalists observed. 
Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes is now available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers. Visit to find a store near you.

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