Why only read a comic? Why not play with it? This is what "PLAY! Hong Kong Comics Touring Exhibition" is all about. A touring exhibition that highlights the history and development of Hong Kong comics from 1960 to the present day. Hong Kong comics artists Justin Wong and OVERLOADDANCE will give drawing demonstrations and autograph their works. Brussels is the first stop of this touring exhibition, before Helsinki and Tokyo.
THE COMICS ARTISTS
Wong has loved reading and drawing comics since he was a child. He thought of becoming a comics artist, but not very seriously. When he was studying fine arts at university, he even abandoned the comic books that had 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 still felt a connection with comics. Eventually, he found his way to a 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.
Overloaddance is a Hong Kong artist and designer. After studying advertising, he further developed his artistic practice to include painting, sculpture, product design, and street art - all featuring his character concept of imaginative and emotive personalities. His creations are all about fat guys, focusing upon the interesting bits of their lives, and even reflecting on the negative societal attitudes they receive. He told an interviewer: "I started with a Facebook fan page and then established a website to release my creations. People find no relationship between 'beauty' and 'fat.' Since OVERLOADDANCE was founded, everything I create is to refute this long established value of beauty. I try to present fat guys in my beautiful way - though people may call it 'disgusting beauty'. We all have different preferences and different ways to describe beauty. To me, 'FAT' doesn't stop oneself from develop his or her uniqueness, so everyone can create their REAL ME style, and lead the life by their own will, not for others."
HONG KONG COMIX TOURING EXHIBITION
Hong Kong Comics have always been "playful" and have often crossed boundaries.
In fact before the 1960s, Hong Kong comics "played with politics", with surprising boldness. In the 1960s, Old Master Q and 13 Dots "played with livelihood and fashion" respectively. In the 1970s, there was Little Rogues "playing with kungfu" under the influence of Bruce Lee's films. In the 1980s, comics artists started to "play with the alternative", giving birth to many independent works. In the 1990s, there was McMug & McDull which 'played with the family';, bringing both adult and children readers under the same roof…
What can Hong Kong comics play with afterwards? Can we play with the roles of comics artist, publisher, illustrator, animator and figure artist, so that they can combine together?
What are the roles of the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Comix Home Base in this trend?
Connie Lam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre, will give a talk on the development of Hong Kong Comics since the 1960s. Chi-man Ho, a comics artist and publisher, will also share his views.
Exhibition and drawing demonstrations:
B12, Hall B
Brussels Comic Strip Festival
Parc de Bruxelles/ Warandepark
Pavillon International Discussion Space
Brussels Comic Strip Festival
THE PROGRAMME (free access)
Friday 1 September 2017
Saturday 2 September 2017
Sunday 3 September 2017
More about the comics artists
PLAY! Hong Kong Comics Touring Exhibition is an accredited event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region."