Source: Hong Kong Art Centre

Date & Time:
10/01/2018 – 01/02/2018  From 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

“Final Stop: Hong Kong Draw hard, PLAY hard!”
There is no such thing as having too much of PLAY! After touring four months to Europe and Japan, it’s time for the dynamic Hong Kong comics to PLAY back home. Hong Kong Arts Centre, with the sponsorship of Create Hong Kong of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, proudly presents PLAY! Hong Kong Comix Touring Exhibition (PLAY!) in 2017/18, traveling with three groups of local comics artists and professionals to Brussels (Belgium) and Helsinki (Finland) in September 2017 and Tokyo (Japan) in November 2017. This touring exhibition showcases the history and development of Hong Kong comics from the 1960s to present, supplemented by talks, live drawing demonstrations and autograph  sessions. For its final stop, PLAY! returns to Comix Home Base in Wan Chai, Hong Kong from 10th January to 1st February 2018 to share with the local public the development of the unique Hong Kong comics, and how it has become more diverse and “playful” over the last 60 years. The highlight of the finale of this exhibition will see all nine Hong Kong comics artists and professionals participated in previous touring destinations gather in Hong Kong to share their experiences gained with the local readers through a series of talks and live drawing demonstrations. To supplement the exhibition, five overseas comics artists and professionals join the party to spark creativity with our local “paper players”! Let’s continue to draw hard, PLAY hard with Hong Kong comics in the new year!

Presenter: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Comix Home Base
Sponsor: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Supporters: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Tokyo, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels
In Association with: Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation, Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association, Brussels Comic Strip Festival, Helsinki Comics Festival, Belgium Hong Kong Society,
Special Thanks to: Dorsett Hospitality International, AGORA Hospitality Group

PLAY! Hong Kong Comix Touring Exhibition in Hong Kong
Exhibition
Date: 10/1/2018 – 1/2/2018
Time: 10am – 8pm
Venue: Exhibition Venue & Multi-functional Room 5-11, 3/F, Comix Home Base (7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
Admission: Free admission

Participating Hong Kong Comics Artists and Professionals:
AH TO, Chi-man HO, LAI TAT TAT WING, Miloza MA, Alice MAK, Karson MAK, OVERLOADDANCE, Andy SETO, Justin WONG
Participating Overseas Comics Artists and Professionals:
Lucie Bryon (Belgium), Joonas Rinta-Kanto (Finland), Sally Mak (Belgium & France), David Schilter (Switzerland) , Satoshi Endo (Japan)

Opening Reception
Date: 12/1/2018 (Fri)
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Exhibition Venue, 3/F, Comix Home Base

Free Admission

Live Drawing Demonstration 1
Date: 20/1/2018 (Sat)
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Venue: Exhibition Venue, 2/F, Comix Home Base
Comics Artist: Lucie Bryon (Belgium Comics Artist)
Language: English
Online Registration: Online registration required, first-come, first-served. Click here

Free Admission

Lucie Bryon is a comics artist and illustrator. She studied graphic design in Orléans, France and comics at the ESA St Luc Brussels, Belgium. Lucie now lives in France and works for children’s publishing, video game companies and various publications as an illustrator and cartoonist. Her work was published by ShortBoxMilan editionsKaboom StudiosCicada Magazine, Manon Magazine, and France Inter. She is currently working on an ongoing comic book series – Les Enquêtes des Enfants Capables, and regularly publishes short comics   online.
https://www.instagram.com/heyluchie/
http://luchie.fr/

Live Drawing Demonstration 2
Date: 21/1/2018 (Sun)
Time: 5pm-6pm
Venue: Exhibition Venue, 2/F, Comix Home Base
Comics Artist: Joonas Rinta-Kanto (Finnish Comics Artist)
Language: English
Online Registration: Online registration required, first-come, first-served. Click here

Free Admission

Joonas Rinta-Kantois a comics artist and an illustrator living in Helsinki, Finland. His main work is a comic strip called Fok_It, which is published five times a week online by Helsingin Sanomat, the largest newspaper in Finland. Fok_It started in 2009 as a comic blog and has since then gained popularity with Finnish readers, and the strips have been collected and published in seven albums so far.
Joonas has made illustrations for newspapers and magazines, and likes to fill his sketchbook with different characters. Finding inspiration in music, he started a personal project drawing pictures based on the lyrics of American rap artist Sage Francis. The project resulted in drawing the cover and sleeve illustrations for a special Record Store Day release in 2016.

Talk 1
Casterman: The Global Vision of the Biggest European Comics Publisher

Date: 20/1/2018 (Sat)
Time: 5pm-6pm
Venue: Exhibition Venue, 2/F, Comix Home Base
Speaker: Sally Mak, Exclusive Agent (Greater China), Casterman (Belgium & France)
Language: Cantonese
Online Registration: Online registration required, first-come, first-served. Click here

Free Admission.

It’s one thing to publish books, but comics publication is a whole different matter. Let’s take reference from Casterman, a leading comics publisher in Europe, and gain some insight into their success story in publishing over 100 comics every year. Founded in 1780, Casterman entered comics publishing by debuting the world renowned The Adventures of Tintin in 1929. Over the years, Casterman worked with many comics authors of various drawing styles and is widely supported by comics fans. Its sub-brand, Jeunesse, targets teenage readers, popularising works such as illustration Martine, and has been translated into more than 33 different languages. In worldwide French-speaking regions, one in every seven comic books published would be by Casterman. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear from Sally Mak, Exclusive Agent of Casterman in the Greater China region, share the success stories of this much loved comics publisher. She will talk about how the company became the biggest publisher in Europe through maintaining publication quality and applying an author-oriented publishing strategy. Manifesting the global vision of the company, she will cover the previous collaborations between Casterman and Asian comics artists from places such as Hong Kong, the Mainland, and Japan, while exploring possibilities of future collaborations with comics artists in Hong Kong.

Sally Mak is a media specialist graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2003, Mak has been French publishing group Casterman’s Exclusive Agent in Greater China, overseeing its comics and children books publication and copyright in the region.

Talk 2
Artists Sharing – Inspirations from International Comics Fair

Date: 21/1/2018 (Sun)
Time: 2pm-3pm
Venue: Exhibition Venue, 2/F, Comix Home Base
Speakers: AH TO, Chi-man HO, LAI TAT TAT WING, Miloza MA, Alice MAK, Karson MAK, OVERLOADDANCE, Andy SETO, Justin WONG (Hong Kong Comics Artists and Professionals)
Language: Cantonese
Online Registration: Online registration required, first-come, first-served. Click here

It has been exciting to stand alongside international comics artists and publishers to greet fellow readers. Much has been observed, exchanges made. What have we gained from joining these fairs and where should Hong Kong independent comics go? Join participating comics artists and professionals to Brussels Comic Strip Festival (Belgium), Helsinki Comics Festival (Finland) and 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Japan) in this sharing session a chat and brainstorm. Together we may have a glimpse of a bright future for local comics publication!

Talk 3
Zero to One: The story of Latvian comics miracle, kuš!

Date: 21/1/2018 (Sun)
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Venue: Exhibition Venue, 2/F, Comix Home Base
Speaker: David Schilter (Founder of independent Latvian comics publication, kuš!)
Language: English
Online Registration: Online registration required, first-come, first-served. Click here

Free Admission.

The start of a project is never easy, especially when there is no precedent to follow. Born in Switzerland, David Schilter moved to Latvia in 2006, where he could not find a single comics shop or comics publishing house. All he could find was a few translated copies of The Adventures of Tintin. He then decided to change the comics scene in Latvia, establishing independent comics art anthology, kuš!kuš! publishes thematic works by comics artists from around the world, including Lai Tat Tat Wing, iconic Hong Kong indie comics artist, in the issue Pages to Pages. In the course of a decade, kuš! garnered many international awards, such  as “The Alternative Comics Prize” in the Angoulême International Comics Festival 2012. More recently, it was nominated “Best On-going Series” for the Broken Frontier Awards 2017. David will share his ‘way of publishing’ and his view on the current independent comics publishing scene in Europe. He will also unveil his criteria in selecting artists for collaboration, and introduce some of his favorite artists’ works to Hong Kong readers. He will also make an exclusive sharing on working with Hong Kong comics artists, his views on the Hong Kong comics industry, and his future plans with kuš!.

Talk 4
Decoding Japanese Online Comics

Date: 27/1/2018 (Sat)
Time: 3pm-4pm
Venue: Exhibition Venue, 2/F, Comix Home Base
Speaker: Satoshi ENDO  (Director,  Senior  Research  Fellow,  Kadokawa  ASCII  Research Laboratories Inc., Japan)
Language: Japanese, Cantonese Simultaneous Interpretation
Online Registration: Online registration required, first-come, first-served. Click here

Internet as a distribution medium has brought about pivotal changes to comics publication. But exactly what kinds of changes have been brought by the Internet? What are the elements that brought about such transitions, affecting the trends of comics publication? In this sharing session, Director and Senior Research Fellow of Kadokawa ASCII Research Laboratories Inc., Satoshi Endo, will share insights gained from his own research. Let’s review the development of Japanese online comics and chart its forthcoming trends!

Satoshi Endo
Satoshi Endo is the Director and Senior Research Fellow at Kadokawa ASCII Research Laboratories, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. An expert on the computer and IT field, he conducts consulting and contributes to webmedia, periodicals, newspapers, newspapers, and appears on TV as a commentator. The former editor-in-chief of Monthly ASCII, Japan’s leading IT magazine in 1990 – 2002. He also established subculture magazine Tokyo Otona Club in 1983. The word ‘otaku’, symbol of Japanese pop culture, originated from the magazine and settled ubiquitously since then.
https://twitter.com/hortense667
https://www.facebook.com/satoshi.endo.773


Artist Bios

Brussels

Overloaddance

He started his creation Overloaddance in 2009. He wants to do things that he truly enjoy, therefore, he draws with the theme FATSO, and created some fat characters. In the drawings, he views the world from the angle of a fat person, expresses the interesting things encountered in life, and social resentment against obesity, etc. Although it seems that fat is far from the definition of beauty, Overloaddance aims to overthrow the standard of beauty of the general public, and strives hard to create beautiful fatties – which could be “disgustingly beautiful. Being fat doesn’t stop you from developing your uniqueness”, everyone can create the “REAL ME” style, live freely, and not being compressed by any social pressure.

Facebook: Overloaddance

Justin WONG
Wong has loved reading comics since he was a kid. Despite having thought of becoming a comics artist, he did not really work that out seriously. When he was studying fine arts in university, he even abandoned the comic books that accompanied him through his childhood. After graduation, he went to Britain to study Interactive Digital Media, and later worked as a primary school teacher, a university lecturer and a designer. He managed to make a living, but could never get rid of comics, since they had always been somehow connected. Eventually, he made way to his comics career, expressing his thoughts on current affairs and politics by drawing daily comic strips for newspapers. Wong holds on to his belief that comics will change the world one day.

Facebook: Justin Wong

Chi-man HO
(Chiman workshop, cBOY Comics Ltd.)
Chi-man Ho entered the comics industry in 1982 and worked as a junior assistant artist. In 1984, he published his first comics work in the magazine Attractive Boys and Girls. Thereafter, he published many more romance comics under Kwong’s Creations Company Limited. Over the years, he had published works of many different genres including love stories, legal  stories, science fiction, wuxia and supernatural fiction. In 1997, he adapted Gu Long’s wuxia fiction The Impeccable Twins into comics, which became widely popular and garnered several comics awards. In 2000, he founded cBOY Comics Limited and published The Incredible Heroes series. In 2014, he used the penname “Classmate Ho” to create the four- frame comic book My dream Job. He hopes to continue publishing works to his liking in the future.

Facebook: hochiman2012, cboycomics


Helsinki

Alice MAK Kar-bik
Alice Mak is the illustrator for the McMug and McDull comics and animation series. In 1990, Mak collaborated with Brian Tse Lap-man to publish McMug and McDull, developing peripheral merchandise such as gift items and greeting cards. As the comics characters became increasingly popular, Mak turned to animated films, among them My Life as McDullMcDull Prince de la BunMcDull Kung Fu KindergartenThe Pork of MusicMcdull, Me and My Mom, and Mcdull, Rise of The Rice Cooker. The films gained significant award recognition, including Grand Prix Annecy in 2003, Best Animation Film of The 39th, 41st, and 52nd Taipei Golden Horse Award.

Website: www.mcdull.hk

Miloza MA
While being an illustrator and character designer, Miloza never confines herself to two- dimensional art but also devotes herself to figure making to turn her illustrated characters into physical reality. She often finds inspirations from her two obsessions – the Universe and New Age Theology – to conjure up new images and new concepts. Miloza established her own brand, Brain Child, in 2010. Her mini-exhibition in 2013 marked the beginning of her full-time devotion to artistic creation. Miloza’s three-dimensional works received awards at Hong Kong Figure Design Competition twice and were featured at Taipei Toy Festival for a number of times. Named as “one of the ten promising artists” by East Touch Magazine in 2015, she contributed a comic strip to the magazine’s sequential collaborative comics feature. She  also collaborated with Open Quote, a creative bookstore, for the comics and exhibition project h-y-p-h-e-n and designed an animated logo for Radio Television Hong Kong. Besides, Miloza is one of the featured illustrators of AAD Outstanding Illustration Artists in Asia 2016, which will be published in Taiwan. At present, Miloza is seeking to further explore the uncharted territories of the universe and the human soul through art.

Facebook: Miloza Ma

Karson MAK

(Today Publications Ltd.)

Starting off 5 years ago with a 700-page comic book called In the Eyes of God, Today Publications has published novels and fictions over the years with different authors, comics artists and illustrators. Its published titles have a wide range of topics including romance, horror, science fiction, social affairs, and Chinese martial art. Having young adults as the main readership, the company believes that hardcopy books are able to deliver touches and experiences that digital copies cannot provide. It has published comics and illustrated books in various formats, and has been looking for the best way to maximise the features and advantages of hardcopy books. As a highlighted published title of the company, Hong Kong Havoc was awarded with The Hong Kong Golden Book Award (Picture Book Category), The 27th Hong Kong Print Award (Best Publishing Concept), and the CreateHK sponsored-Hong Kong Publishing Biennial Award (Picture Book Category), upon making its debut in 2016. The company strives to publish hard copy books of the best quality.

Facebook: Today Publications


Japan

AH TO

Ah To is an illustrator, comics artist and graphic designer from Hong Kong. He created and published Battle of Golden Monsters (2011) and Picture Riddles’ Chick (2012), Brown Morning (Chinese-translated ver. 2015), Diu La Sing! Suck It Up! (2016) and Cantonese.jpg (2017). His comic columns are now serialized in Yahoo! News Column and As Artistic As You MagazineAh To also participated in The Cat Street Gallery’s joint exhibition Cracker (2014) and Asia Hotel Art Fair Hong Kong 201with his work Cantonese Proverbs 100 (2014). Inspired by Pieter Bruegel’s Netherlandish Proverbs, his work is to propagate the Cantonese culture and promote the Cantonese language. Ah To’s comics and illustration works express deep concerns about local issues, especially satirical on Hong Kong political and social phenomenon. Ah To now lives and works in Hong Kong.

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/Artohk
Instagram: ah_to_hk

LAI TAT TAT WING
Since he was a kid, Lai Tat Tat Wing has always been very interested in comics writing, he even distributed the photocopies of his works to his classmates and friends. In over 40 years of comics making, Lai Tat Tat Wing’s comic works have been widely distributed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Latvia and France, among which include Picking Up A Pig TaleWoody Woody WoodThree Senses of YouthThe Magic FluteA Parading Zoo in TaiwanFar From FrustrationPoisoning the Chicken SoupStand Behind the Island LineTwinkle Twinkle Twinkle Little StarEast Wing West Wing2600 Years AgoMy Dog Can DrawHorror Horror Woody’s Cube, and his latest work The Pork Chops Inferno. Over the years, Lai Tat Tat Wing engaged himself in theatre production and casted in a number of plays. His latest work is a children musical called The Magic Flute Playground.Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaitattatwingAndy SETO
Andy Seto has been working in the Hong Kong comics industry for over 20 years. His character design is known for its grace and beauty, and his unique style is especially well- liked             by readers. Over the years he has produced countless works, and Cyber Weapon Z in particular was the first Hong Kong comics to be published in full colour. In 1999, he established Neosun Company Limited and published the famous re-adapted work The King                      of Fighters Z. In 2007, he joined One Comics Publishing Limited and presented The Legend of Wen Ruian’s Martial Heroes and City of Darkness, launching spin-off products such as garage kits, online games and tabletop games. In 2014, he and Yu Yi the scriptwriter were awarded

 

“The 7th International MANGA Award Bronze Award” for City of Darkness. He is now serialising his latest work Never Over on the comics mobile application “ac.qq.com”.

Facebook: 司徒劍僑
City of Darkness: www.facebook.com/cod.official
The One Comics: www.facebook.com/theonecomics

Connie Lam
(Executive Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre, Initiator of Comix Home Base) Graduated from the University of Hong Kong with double majors in Fine Arts and
Comparative Literature, Connie Lam joined the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) in 1997, and has been the Executive Director since 2009. A passionate reader of both Hong Kong and international comics, she initiated the two-year Comix Home Base Project in 2006, curating a number of exhibitions featuring comics from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and so on. Starting from 2009, she launched various exhibition tours to the Mainland, Taiwan, France, Finland and Sweden to draw public attention to the development of Hong Kong comics. In 2013, Connie founded the Comix Home Base (CHB), the first arts community in Hong Kong promoting comics, animation and other related media. Since then, she has devoted in organising ani-com-related programmes at CHB, as well as taking CHB to different international comics events including the five-time participation at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, to popularise comics and animation, and to foster exchange among artists, readers and the general public.


Overseas comics artists and publishers

Lucie Bryon
Lucie Bryon is a comics artist and illustrator. She studied graphic design in Orléans, France and comics at the ESA St Luc Brussels, Belgium. Lucie now lives in France and works for children’s publishing, video game companies and various publications as an illustrator and cartoonist. Her work was published by ShortBoxMilan editionsKaboom StudiosCicada Magazine, Manon Magazine, and France Inter. She is currently working on an ongoing comic book series – Les Enquêtes des Enfants Capables, and regularly publishes short comics online.
https://www.instagram.com/heyluchie/
http://luchie.fr/Joonas Rinta-Kanto
Joonas Rinta-Kantois a comics artist and an illustrator living in Helsinki, Finland. His main work is a comic strip called Fok_It, which is published five times a week online by Helsingin Sanomat, the largest newspaper in Finland. Fok_It started in 2009 as a comic blog and has since then gained popularity with Finnish readers, and the strips have been collected and published in seven albums so far.
Joonas has made illustrations for newspapers and magazines, and likes to fill his sketchbook with different characters. Finding inspiration in music, he started a personal project drawing pictures based on the lyrics of American rap artist Sage Francis. The project resulted in drawing the cover and sleeve illustrations for a special Record Store Day release in 2016.

 

Joonas is essentially a dog person but has found himself living together with a sweet, sweet cat.

Sally Mak
Sally Mak is a media specialist graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2003, Mak has been the Franco-Belgian publishing group Casterman’s Exclusive Agent in Greater China, overseeing its comics and children books publication and copyright in the region.
https://www.casterman.com/

David Schilter
David Schilter grew up in Switzerland, but after finishing his Law degree he moved to Latvia. He is the co-founder of the Riga-based international alternative comics publisher kuš! Since 2007, kuš! has published over a hundred titles with comics from artists all around the world. Aside from publishing, kuš! organizes workshops, exhibitions, talks and other comics related events, with the aim to spread more artistic expressions of the medium. David Schilter has worked as editor, curator and organizer for kuš! ever since and has been representing the Latvian comics scene at international comics festivals all over Europe, the US, Canada and Colombia.

Kuš!
kuš! (speak koosh!) is an alternative comics publisher founded in 2007 in Riga, Latvia. All publications since 2008 are published in English with international artists, distributed to small comics shops all around the globe. The aims of kuš! are to popularize comics in a country where this medium is practically non-existent and promoting Latvian comics abroad. In 2012, the anthology š! #9’was the winner of Prix de la Bande Dessinée Alternative at BD

Angouleme, France and in 2017 š! #26 ‘dADa’ was nominated as ‘Best Anthology’ for the Eisner Awards.
kuš! Does not just publish comics on paper, but also organizes exhibitions, workshops, comics jams and other comics related events besides traveling to international festivals to spread the Latvian comics fever.

www.komikss.lv

Satoshi Endo
Director and Senior Research Fellow at Kadokawa ASCII Research Laboratories, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Expert on the computer and IT field. Conducts consulting and contributes to webmedia, periodicals, newspapers, newspapers, and appears on TV as a commentator. The former editor-in-chief of Monthly ASCII, Japan’s leading IT magazine in 1990 – 2002. He also established subculture magazine Tokyo Otona Club in 1983. The word ‘otaku’, symbol of Japanese pop culture, originated from the magazine and settled ubiquitously since then.

https://twitter.com/hortense667
https://www.facebook.com/satoshi.endo.773


PLAY! Hong Kong Comix Touring Exhibition is an accredited event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Disclaimer for the Hong Kong stop of PLAY! Hong Kong Comix Touring Exhibition: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

 

Details
VENUE : Exhibition Venue & Multi-functional Room 5-11, 3/F, Comix Home Base (7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
TICKETING INFO : Free Admission