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Yao Qian: The Architect

This cartoon was commissioned by Coindesk for their year-end Most Influential People in Crypto 2017 feature. Check out their writeup on Yao Qian here.

Neo’s conversation with The Architect in Matrix: Revolutions is one of my favorite examples of a scene that becomes less substantial the longer you think about it. I’ve probably seen it at least a dozen times at this point and I’d still be hard-pressed to explain why it’s even in the movie.

That has nothing to do with my thoughts on Yao Qian or his influence on the blockchain initiatives in China, but I always jump at a chance to rant about Matrix: Revolutions.

The most memorable part of the original Architect conversation was the seemingly infinite number of screens surrounding him, each of them portraying a different immediate future for our hero. In our version, each screen shows early versions of the various characters from a new webcomic I’m developing for 2018 called CryptoStars (Check out the teaser image here). Hey, I had to fill the space with something.

Grab the official shirt, hoodie, or print collecting all 10 portraits
over at Cryptopop’s Threadless store!

If you liked this or any of my other cartoons, a small tip would help me dedicate more time to this hobby.




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