I’ve been following Mimi and her illustrations via my @allthens account on Instagram for awhile now, so it was very cool to finally get around to reading her comic book Beijing in 5 Days, which I got some time last year.
I’ve always been envious of those who could draw in their journals, whether it be super detailed or just some fun doodling. My drawing skills are limited and so my journals, especially travel journals, are filled with pictures and brochures and cards and other bits and pieces instead. Mimi’s Beijing in 5 Days is kind of like a travel journal, drawn out comic style, and it was fun taking a trip with her through Beijing and revisiting places I’ve been to or looked at before, like the Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China, Beijing National Stadium and the fancy CCTV Headquarters. Although I did miss out on the whole shopping bit though (as I was there for the Paralympic Games and there was just no time to shop!).
I like her observations of the people and daily life, and really wish she and her siblings had taken Pee Pee Boy home with them, teehee!
My only complaint would be that this travelogue-comic was far too short, and so I finished her whole book real quick. I would love to have more details like what was in her packing list, what the room looked like, did she bring home anything fun, and so on and so forth. I definitely appreciated the inclusion of funny translations though. Can’t wait to get my hands on her other book, and hopefully Mimi will go on more travels soon and draw them out so I can read them!