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)
“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)