Honk Honk / Chen Edits

Honk Honk / Chen Edits

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“Honk Honk” is a nickname given to a 4koma (4-pane) vertical comic strip featuring the Touhou Project character Chen riding a bike, which refers to a sound effect a bike horn made in the strip. The comic has inspired a series of edits and parodies after being shared to 4chan during 2008.


The comic strip is part of a series of Touhou doujin 4-panel named Charm, which is written by doujin artist bkub. This particular comic strip was submitted to his pixiv account[1] on April 3rd, 2008. The comic (shown below, left) featured Chen riding a bicycle before stopping in front of Suika Ibuki laying intoxicated in the middle of the road, then Chen begins to honk her bike horn.


The earliest archived posting of the strip on 4chan was two weeks later, on April 17th, in a thread on the /jp/[2] (Otaku Culture) board, but it didn’t gain much attention. Another thread would be posted ten days later, on April 27th, on the /jp/[3] board, in which users began replying in the thread with “Honk Honk”, then eventually posting edited versions of the comic, as well as others from bkub. On July 14th, 2008, Youtuber bebopblue uploaded a video featuring modified gameplay footage of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, showing a character resembling Chen preforming stunts on a Motorcycle.

Two years later, another thread featuring bkub’s comics would appear on the /a/[4] (Anime&Manga) board on May 8th, 2010, which was then derailed when users began posting the word “Cheeeeen” in over-sized and colorized font.

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[1]pixiv – 東方漫画1 / Posted on 04-03-2008

[2]Foolz – Post Number #466466

[3]Chanarchive – Kona-chan adventures

[4]Chanarchive – Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen

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