August 26, 2021
Fox and Hare, a new title coming this fall from Vault Comics, will bring sorely needed Asian representation to the cyberpunk genre. The book is written by Jonathan Tsuei with art by Stacey Lee and will be on sale in print and digital November 3rd.
Cyberpunk as a genre can trace its roots back to the New Wave that science fiction experienced in the 1960s and 1970s. Writers such as JG Ballard, Samuel Delany and William S. Burroughs laid the genre’s foundations by shifting science fiction’s focus away from the science and onto the people. Later, William Gibson, through seminal works such as Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive (collectively called the “Sprawl” trilogy) would put cyberpunk on the map; other notable cyberpunk authors include Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling. Cyberpunk borrows aesthetic elements from many sources, including countercultural movements and film noir. Many early cyberpunk authors also had a fascination with Japanese and other Asian cultures, and this led to a permutation of Asian aesthetic elements into the burgeoning genre. And while Asian cultural elements are prominent in the genre, Asian people are not represented, and Vault Comics’ new Fox and Hare seeks to address this issue.