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Comics can be serious creation, while they can also be marks of an era, which are highly influential in popular culture. This season of “Hong Kong Stories” features Hong Kong comics and spotlights a number of representative local comic artists, including vigorous masters, creators who have persisted for years and highly acclaimed emerging comic artists. Creation of comics requires an all-out effort. Comic artists set their life on fire to record their feelings and thoughts and the evolution of Hong Kong in the stories with their pens, and they also illustrate the future of Hong Kong in their eyes.

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14/04/2021
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There are unlimited themes in the world of comics. Sam TSE and Pen SO, two local comic artists, are not only good friends, but they also choose “Hong Kong in disaster” as the theme of their comics by coincidence to illustrate their unconventional imagination of Hong Kong.

Based on his setting where Hong Kong is facing a zombie apocalypse, Sam TSE has created comics including “BodieZ” (2015) and “Hong Kong Infected” (2016). His comics turn our familiar Hong Kong into a brutal and bloody war zone, which terrify his readers. On the other hand, Pen SO named his creation “Hong Kong Havoc” (2016)”, which illustrated Hong Kong after a catastrophic tsunami. The protagonist wanders in a city of rubble, encounters various troubles and struggles for survival.

Sam TSE was a staple-bound comic book assistant when he joined the comic industry. He had experienced the ups and downs of the industry, but he did not give up comics. He eventually became a lead artist after joining the industry for around 10 years and managed to create his unique style of horror comics. For Pen SO, he is a skilful observer of the city. Different characters are frozen in static scenes and his feelings towards the city are integrated in his drawings. Furthermore, his unique book design breaks through the usual unilateral 2-dimensional narrative style of comics, making his story seems to extend to the real world and brings a whole new reading experience to his readers.

In the programme, apart from sharing the process of creating comics and looking forward to the future of the industry, the two comic artists also draw the future Hong Kong in their eyes. Over the past year, Hong Kong people experienced unprecedented ridiculous situations. Today, they probably have deeper feelings rereading the comics by the two artists.

Animation and comic writer LAW Man-lok will host this episode and bring our audiences to the unusual creative world of Sam TSE and Pen SO. Apart from sharing the process of creating comics and looking forward to the future of the industry, the two comic artists also draw the future Hong Kong in their eyes. Over the past year, Hong Kong people experienced unprecedented ridiculous situations. Today, they probably have deeper feelings rereading the comics by the two artists.

Host: LAW Man-lok

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02 - 04
2021
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  • Disaster Zone - Sam TSE / Pen SO

    Disaster Zone - Sam TSE / Pen SO

    There are unlimited themes in the world of comics. Sam TSE and Pen SO, two local comic artists, are not only good friends, but they also choose “Hong Kong in disaster” as the theme of their comics by coincidence to illustrate their unconventional imagination of Hong Kong.

    Based on his setting where Hong Kong is facing a zombie apocalypse, Sam TSE has created comics including “BodieZ” (2015) and “Hong Kong Infected” (2016). His comics turn our familiar Hong Kong into a brutal and bloody war zone, which terrify his readers. On the other hand, Pen SO named his creation “Hong Kong Havoc” (2016)”, which illustrated Hong Kong after a catastrophic tsunami. The protagonist wanders in a city of rubble, encounters various troubles and struggles for survival.

    Sam TSE was a staple-bound comic book assistant when he joined the comic industry. He had experienced the ups and downs of the industry, but he did not give up comics. He eventually became a lead artist after joining the industry for around 10 years and managed to create his unique style of horror comics. For Pen SO, he is a skilful observer of the city. Different characters are frozen in static scenes and his feelings towards the city are integrated in his drawings. Furthermore, his unique book design breaks through the usual unilateral 2-dimensional narrative style of comics, making his story seems to extend to the real world and brings a whole new reading experience to his readers.

    In the programme, apart from sharing the process of creating comics and looking forward to the future of the industry, the two comic artists also draw the future Hong Kong in their eyes. Over the past year, Hong Kong people experienced unprecedented ridiculous situations. Today, they probably have deeper feelings rereading the comics by the two artists.

    Animation and comic writer LAW Man-lok will host this episode and bring our audiences to the unusual creative world of Sam TSE and Pen SO. Apart from sharing the process of creating comics and looking forward to the future of the industry, the two comic artists also draw the future Hong Kong in their eyes. Over the past year, Hong Kong people experienced unprecedented ridiculous situations. Today, they probably have deeper feelings rereading the comics by the two artists.

    Host: LAW Man-lok

    14/04/2021
  • Mecha Hong Kong - Felix Ip

    Mecha Hong Kong - Felix Ip

    When the good old memories of Hong Kong are fading away gradually, how can we preserve them?

    Comic artist Felix IP chooses to create the comic series “Hongkong Machines” with his rich imagination, turning old goodies of Hong Kong into stylish or cute robots, transforming nostalgia into his new and interesting ideas to give those old goodies a new life with an artistic soul.

    Felix has been in love with animations and comics since he was young, and as a Hong Kong comic artist, he has a rare career path of jumping from the game and animation production industry to the world of Hong Kong comics. He had been in the field of animation production for more than 10 years as an art director and a creative director, with his famous works including the movies “The Ninja Turtles” and “Astro Boy”. Felix has been making a long-form comic adaptation of Jozev LAU’s martial arts novel “Blood and Steel” since 2011. This comic is drawn in black and white colour and published as deluxe edition in Japanese style, which is refreshing to the fans of Hong Kong comics. This marked the start of Felix’s career as a comic artist and he became a freelance artist. Although he has tried creating works in different styles and themes, what Felix impresses comic fans most are his signature free and unrestrained style and the strong local sentiments in his works.

    In this episode, Dr. FAN Wing-chung will interview Felix to learn more about his change of the track in his creations, and also on how his unique working experience in the ACG (animations, comics and games) industry helps him walk further on the road of comics.

    Host: Dr. FAN Wing-chung (Senior Lecturer, Department of History of Hong Kong Baptist University)

    01/04/2021
  • The Child In Me - Yu Yuen Wong, Keung Chi Kit

    The Child In Me - Yu Yuen Wong, Keung Chi Kit

    We all had read children’s comics, hadn’t we? These pure and cute comics do not only refresh us during our busy school life, but also accompany us to grow up. Each generation of children have some comic books of their time and those characters and stories will become their collective memories in the future.

    In this episode of “Hong Kong Stories”, our host cum comic artist Justin WONG will visit two local children’s comic artist: KEUNG Chi-kit and YU Yuen-wong, to understand how their creations resonate with the little readers and the current development situation of local children’s comics.

    KEUNG Chi-kit’s major work “Samba” illustrates in a relaxing and humorous manner the interesting and funny experiences of Samba, a person from the wild, in the city. YU Yuen-wong becomes famous with his comic adaptation of the Japanese animation “Digimon”. His other works include “Sherlock Holmes”, “Detective Bao” and “The Story of Monsters”. The two comic artists have joined the comic industry for more than a decade. They have been working hard with their pens to bring laughter to the children of different generations.

    In recent years, local children’s comics gradually transform into teaching tools for survival. However, such transformation inevitably makes the comics less entertaining and creative. While compromising, how can the two comic artists persist in providing the pleasure of reading comics to the new generation of children? Today’s Hong Kong is rapidly changing. For the two comic artists targeting children, what are their imaginations towards the future of Hong Kong?

    Host: Justin WONG (Comic Artist / Assistant Professor, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University)

    25/03/2021
  • The Power of Tenderness  - Chaoyat

    The Power of Tenderness - Chaoyat

    Talking about Hong Kong comics, we will immediately think of those staple-bound comic books which often use fighting as the theme. However, in fact, a kind of Hong Kong comics which shows humanistic care in a relaxing and tender style can still be found, and Chao Yat (LEUNG Chung-kei) is one of the comic artists who draw this kind of comics.

    Chao Yat had drawn comics for newspaper columns. Characters created by him such as Ah 3 and Hamburger have accompanied many Hong Kong people as they grew up. “I’ve read his comics since I was young” seems to be a secret signal between Chao Yat and his readers. Back then, during the busiest time, he had to finish five works for newspaper columns every day, and he needed to constantly find inspirations from his daily life. Having creating comics for over two decades, Chao Yat has witnessed the decline of paper media. In recent years, he has been active in publishing his comics online. Also, he has tried different new things and collaborated with comic artist Kongkee (KONG Khong-chang) recently to create an animation called “Tiddler’s Chinese Word Pool”.

    Facing the uncertainties in today’s Hong Kong, it is inevitable even for Chao Yat, who has been drawing with relaxing life as the theme, to draw comics related to politics. Although Chao Yat’s comics are usually with a sense of humour, sorrowful emotions are added to his works. What Chao Yat can do is to continue to make use of his power of subtlety and tenderness, as well as his drawing pen to express different feelings.

    18/03/2021
  • Andy Seto Z

    Andy Seto Z

    There is a cool and chic drawing style in Hong Kong comics brought by Andy SETO.

    In the 1990’s, Hong Kong comics diversified and master comic artists showcased their talents. MA Wing-shing was an expert at illustrating myths of the martial arts world, while KHOO Fuk-Lung was good at creating explosive heroes, and Andy SETO drew numerous cool and agile martial arts heroes.

    Andy SETO grew up around the Central Market. He has been deeply influenced by Japanese comics since he was small. When he was a student, he had been scolded by his teacher openly in class that “drawing has no prospect”, but his passion towards comics was not affected. He had drew albums of his favourite robots for his classmates to earn pocket money. Furthermore, he saw YASUHIKO Yoshikazu, a Japanese animation and comic master, as his teacher. He practised his drawing skills hard with the YASUHIKO Yoshikazu albums he bought, absorbed the strengths of other master comic artists, and finally came up with his very Japanese drawing style. He was rocketed to a lead artist after working as a comic assistant for less than two years. Then he created numerous classics of Hong Kong comics, such as “The Legendary Gamblers”, the “The King of Fighter” series, “The Four Constables”, “City of Darkness”, etc. Among his works, the prologue of “Cyber Weapon Z” which was sold at Hong Kong Book Fair 1993 was so popular that numerous people rushing for it cracked the window of the Box Office of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the incident has become a much-told story.

    Comparing with Hong Kong comics in general, Andy SETO drew cool male characters and sweet and charming female characters. His heroes were slim, with muscularity common seen in Hong Kong comics reduced but agility added; his heroines were all comely and had slender waists. He had unique views on “beauty” and he treated the characters created by him as his close friends. He was glad that these friends were lively in their stories.

    Being a major force in the comic industry for more than three decades, Andy SETO has slowed down his pace in recent years and concentrated on publishing his personal albums. “Z”, which means “limit” or “ultimate”, was added to the title of some of his works at a later stage. The “Z” he is now working on is the sequel of “Cyber Weapon Z” and he hopes to push it to a higher peak.

    This episode is hosted by Dr FAN Wing-chung (Teacher Siu-mo), a veteran fan of Hong Kong comics. He will visit Andy SETO’s studio to experience the Japanese style in his daily life. Furthermore, he will visit several colleagues of SETO, including veteran comic producer Dolby, creator cum Hong Kong comic editor Yu-yi and the administrator of SETO’s Facebook page Sydney. These guys will share their bits of life working with SETO and explore how his cool and chic drawing style conquers Hong Kong and even the whole world.



    Host: Dr FAN Wing-chung (Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University)

    11/03/2021
  • Portraying Our Past - Zunzi

    Portraying Our Past - Zunzi

    “Have you read today’s column of Zunzi yet?”

    From 1980’s to present, when Hong Kong people read their newspaper every morning, they can read Zunzi’s sarcastic political cartoons as well. While commenting the current affairs with just a few lines, Zunzi manages to decode the political situation for the public, thereby making us smile and comforting our soul to get through the hard and depressing time.

    During the ever-changing mid-1970’s, Zunzi enrolled in the Art Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Inspired by the heated political atmosphere on the university campus, he became interested in the relationship between art and society. After graduation, Zunzi started to drew politics cartoons for the magazine “Pai Shing Bi-weekly” (People), and started his career as a political cartoonist. It has been forty years, and the pungent remains. His works are witty, sophisticated and humorous while keeping up with the pulse of times. Where do all these smart ideas come from?

    This episode is hosted by political cartoonist Justin WONG. Together they will exchange their views on Zunzi’s artworks and the political changes in Hong Kong, and to explore how Zunzi uses his cartoons to depict the real stories that belong to Hong Kong people.


    Host: Justin WONG (Political Cartoonist / Assistant Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University)

    04/03/2021
  • Comic ‧ Life - Cuson Lo

    Comic ‧ Life - Cuson Lo

    When talking about the most representative webcomic artist in Hong Kong in the past decade, “Strange Uncle” Cuson LO (LO Chi-kong) must not be forgotten. His page set up on social media has more than 170 000 fans. His previous work “My (Hong-)Kong-girl Wife” series, as well as “The Chaos of Yellow Glove”, an online competition among illustrators triggered by comic artist Chao Yat and him in 2019, had been hot topics among young Hong Kong netizens.

    At first, Cuson LO’s comics featured anecdotes in his life. His bits of life with his “(Hong-)Kong-girl” wife and his cute cat at home were all included in his works. As a comic artist, he is a rare success in Hong Kong who makes himself the protagonist in comics and becomes popular. Cuson LO’s humorous and interesting slice of life comics are loved by netizens. Later, as Hong Kong’s political issues have become more and more severe and shocked every Hong Kong people, Cuson LO said that he, as a “Hong Kong pig” and inspired by politics, had begun to draw comics featuring social disputes. His comics are bold and blunt, in which he includes sarcasm that hit the nail on the head, and also the emotional lessons he learnt from social events, bringing tears and laughter and reaching people’s heart. Many of his works are forwarded and shared by numerous netizens, and sometimes may even reverse public opinion.

    This episode is hosted by scholar cum political comic artist Justin WONG, who will first visit the home office of Cuson LO to understand how he gains inspiration for his creations from his daily life, then they will have an in-depth conversation about various phenomena of today’s webcomics culture.

    Host: JustinWONG (Political Comic Artist / Assistant Professor, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University)

    25/02/2021
  • Draw for Freedom - LAU Kwong-shing

    Draw for Freedom - LAU Kwong-shing

    During the processing of creation, creators keep finding and getting to know themselves. Comic artist LAU Kwong-shing’s experience has all along been like this. Finally, he found the importance of freedom, for being a human and a comic artist as well.

    LAU grew up in Japan and later followed his family to move back to Shandong. He was bullied as he was mistaken as Japanese. His first awakening originated from his identity, and drawing comics became his redemption. However, drawing comics also requires the creator’s awakening – how to breakthrough and make himself / herself stand out from others? Being invited to the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France, LAU got inspired all of a sudden. He had broadened his horizons and thus he tried hard to explore his own style.

    After LAU has found his own creative direction, he began to think over the freedom and space for creation, and these are problems of immediate concern which one cannot stay aloof from as a Hong Kong person. LAU’s thinking process is still in progress …

    18/02/2021
  • The Comic Artist Spirit - Mark Tin Kit

    The Comic Artist Spirit - Mark Tin Kit

    Awarded the Bronze Award of the Japan International MANGA Award in 2019, Hong Kong comic artist MARK Tin-kit has had a very unique career path: for more than thirty years, he was placing himself between high art and popular art, as he has been teaching and creating Western paintings, while also working part-time as a comic artist. He has mastered all skills to draw comics, and he is one of the few comic artists who are capable to create, produce and publish a comic book by themselves. Through his strong and valorous drawing style and mercurial main characters, MARK has walked a different path from the others during the decades of development of Hong Kong comics.


     Host: LAW Man-lok (animation and comics creator)

    11/02/2021
  • Our Kam Siu-man

    Our Kam Siu-man

    Anyone saying “There are nothing more than martial arts and muscles in Hong Kong comics” certainly does not know that there is also this comic artist KAM Siu-man (KAM) in Hong Kong.

    KAM grew up in Kwun Tong spending his time at the grocery store run by his parents, with observing the passers-by as his everyday entertainment. When he was small, he once found 10 dollars unattended on the street, and he spent the money on snacks, toys and the first comic book he ever bought. Since then, KAM has been deeply in love with comics, and even becomes a comic artist later.

    Saying that he is greatly inspired by comics like “Cowboy” and “Old Master Q”, KAM started walking on the path of hilarious comics soon after he entered the industry. Since the 1980’s, he has been publishing numerous bizarre comedic works, in which people will talk about them in delight and keep recalling the parody and caricature, and people even consider him the originator of the “Mo Lei Tau” (nonsensical) culture. KAM considers artistic creation “making something out of nothing”, but he does not think this is his strength. In fact he considers himself best at “making associations in thinking”. The characters he has created may appear ugly while the jokes in his works may sound vulgar, but he is actually a book lover. Being a person that is particular about words, KAM’s favourite authors are GU Long and HUANG Ying, because he appreciates the artistic concepts developed in their works.

    The blaze at the mini-storage at Kowloon Bay in 2016 destroyed the manuscripts KAM kept all these years. He still has a hard feeling for the lost as he loves his works as his life. He has a deep feeling that to a certain extent, this blaze has taken away some of Hong Kong’s humour. After creating numerous 4-panel comics, KAM thinks that every day in life is “the first panel”, and he has never thought about his “forth panel”. He considers art works should surprise people, and so is life. There should be an unexpected ending for both. KAM considers himself a pessimistic person, yet he is the one who keeps bringing us joy, what will be the future of Hong Kong in his eyes?

    The host of this episode is Dr. FAN Wing-chung (Teacher Siu-mo), a veteran fan of Hong Kong comics. Apart from visiting KAM’s studio to explore the source of his sense of humour, Dr. FAN will also be interviewing a few fans of KAM, including football commentator Keyman MA, sandpainting artist CHOY Kam-chiu and the owner of a theme restaurant of Hong Kong comics Eric. These gentlemen will be sharing with us their thoughts on KAM Siu-man, and telling us the influence this master in Hong Kong comics on them.

    Host: Dr. FAN Wing-chung (senior lecturer of the Hong Kong Baptist University)

    04/02/2021
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