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On the platform of Liujia train station in Hsinchu county Taiwan there is what looks like a bronze sculpture of someone riding or flying a stylized retro or steampunk rocket motorcycle with a small cat-like(?) animal on their back.

At the base of the sculpture there is an inscription, the English part reads:

Push Comic ©2014 Nine Lives Man, Art Team: Sunny Chen, Tobeby.

and the beginning part might be Chinese or Japanese

Any idea who this is or if there is a story behind it?

"Nine Lives Man" Liujia train station, Hsinchu

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"Nine Lives Man" Liujia train station, Hsinchu "Nine Lives Man" Liujia train station, Hsinchu

"Nine Lives Man" Liujia train station, Hsinchu "Nine Lives Man" Liujia train station, Hsinchu

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    Although understanding the Chinese might be a bit more tricky for some. :)
    – FuzzyBoots
    Aug 22, 2020 at 14:17
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    hkac.org.hk/calendar_detail/?u=_sarxwCgirU might be handy for an English article.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Aug 22, 2020 at 14:19
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    @uhoh: Honestly, I'm not certain either. I don't read Chinese. Side note, some of the blog posts about it seem to indicate it's a bit of an absurdist comic full of background gags, so there might not be much meaning to it.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Aug 22, 2020 at 14:39
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    @uhoh It is just a chinese novel published from 1986 chinese Oct 1, 2020 at 9:00
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    Here is the link baike.baidu.com/item/%E4%B9%9D%E5%91%BD%E4%BA%BA ` 九命人 - Nine lives man. 阿推 - the 1st 2 letter in your picture is the author name. Oct 1, 2020 at 9:09

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I think this is just about manhua 九命人 "Nine lives Man" from "阿推".

Info taken from this page and this page

This manhua from the start is popular because it is the only manhua about scifi when there is only wuxia in 80s. He make it in 1985 then he end it now regroup his other 2 manga with this new one and make a triology.

Here is the translated version of syponysis (not accurate)

The story of the "Nine Lives" protagonist Mong Jugo was originally just a ordinary business chief. He accept a mysterious mission for a lucrative reward, but was shot and raised to the fairy nest and was selected by the fairies as the subject of life experiments. The fairy gave him nine lives, each time with a completely different identity, once turned into a dog, once turned into a computer machine, once turned into a tree, and even became the king of hell

《九命人》的故事主角蒙九戈原本只是一间生意普通的侦探社的社长,为了丰厚的酬劳而接受了一项神秘任务,不料却遭到枪杀升上神仙窝并被神仙选中作生命实验的对象。神仙让他拥有了九条命,每一次都以完全不同的生命表征出现,有一次变成狗,有一次变成电脑机械,有一次变成是树,甚至是变成地狱王

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    Yes it is different from chinese and japanese comic. Wuxia is a genre likely talk about adventure in martial society feature qi force, ancient warrior,... Later on with some isekai and higher power it become xuanhuan. Oct 1, 2020 at 10:39
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    @uhoh As a rule of thumb, in the western world there are three established terms for asian comics: "Manga" for comics from Japan, "manwha" for comics from (South) Korea and "manhua" for comics from China. The characteristics, commonalities and differences of each of the three could probably fill several thesis papers ;) It should also be noted that the three terms are more to describe stylistic and cultural aspects than strictly geographical aspects. Therefore, a manga / manwha / manhua may as well be created by an artist in Europe or in the US. Oct 1, 2020 at 11:29
  • @HenningKockerbeck wow I didn't know any of that, thanks for the thorough tutorial! Since comments are considered temporary and could be deleted some day, I wonder if asking something like "Difference between Manga, Manwah and Manhua for novices?" would be worth asking here, or something similar in meta? That way it can be captured and pointed-to later.
    – uhoh
    Oct 1, 2020 at 11:45
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    @uhoh That seems more like a Meta question to me.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 1, 2020 at 13:02

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