The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO, Brussels), joined hands with Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) to support the Hong Kong comics industry's participation in the 47nd Angoulême International Comics Festival, France, from January 29 to February 2, 2020.
The Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) and Comix Home Base brought five Hong Kong comics artists to the Festival this year, where they met with comic lovers and industry professionals from all over the world. The participating artists were Li Chi-tak, who had a monographic exhibition at the Festival in 2016; manga artist Yanai, whose 'Frankenstein Family (Volume 3)'; is soon to be published in French; Lau Kwong-shing; and emerging comics artists Moses Iu Hei-lun and Bonnie Pang. In addition to displaying their comic works, the five artists gave live drawing demonstrations to showcase their skills and creativity, and held autograph sessions.
To expand the reach of Hong Kong comics, for the second time the HKAC also had a booth to present Hong Kong comic books in French and in English to potential overseas publishers and professionals.
Speaking at the business reception for Hong Kong comic artists and professionals as well as all participants of the Festival on January 31, Assistant Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Mr Paul Leung, said the Hong Kong SAR Government supports the development of comics and animation, which have always been an important and popular element of Hong Kong's popular culture. He welcomed more Hong Kong comic artists, especially young ones, to participate at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. He was also very pleased to know that more Hong Kong comics have been translated into French in order to reach French readers.
Founded in 1974, the Angoulême International Comics Festival is Europe's best-known comics festival. Hong Kong artists first participated in the festival in 2011. This year was the seventh time HKAC represented Hong Kong comics artists and professionals at the Festival.
CreateHK is the dedicated department of the HKSAR Government to drive the development of the creative economy. The Comix Home Base is an exchange platform established in HKAC for new talents in comic and animation.