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PLAY! Hong Kong Comix Touring Exhibition


Date & Time:
01/09/2017 - 03/09/2017


Can comics only be “read”? Why can’t we “play” with comics? As a unique comics branch in the world, Hong Kong comics has been developing rapidly in the past 60 years, becoming more and more diverse and “playful” especially in the last decade. To promote this “playfulness” to overseas audiences, Hong Kong Arts Centre proudly presents PLAY! Hong Kong Comix Touring Exhibition, showcasing the history and development of Hong Kong comics from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition will travel to Brussels (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), and Tokyo (Japan) in the year 2017 before returning to Hong Kong in 2018. Its first stop is held at Helsinki Comics Festival and Brussels Comic Strip Festival at the same period, from 1 to 3 September 2017. Alongside the exhibition, two Hong Kong comics artists and one Hong Kong comics professional will also arrive at each festival, greeting readers from around the world in talks, live drawing demonstrations, as well as autograph sessions. Let’s play together in the playground of Hong Kong comics, and play forward to the future of Hong Kong comics!

 

 

 

 

Brussels Comic Strip Festival 2017 (Belgium)
Participating Comics Artist: Justin WONG, OVERLOADDANCE
Participating Comics Professional: Chi-man HO (Chiman Workshop, cBOY Comics Ltd.)

Exhibition
Date:            01 – 03 /09(Fri - Sun)
Time:            01/09  3pm - 8pm, 02/09  10am - 8pm, 03/09  10am - 6pm
Venue:         B12, Hall B, Brussels Comic Strip Festival (Parc de Bruxelles - 1000 Brussels - Belgium)
 
Cocktail Reception
Date:           03/09(Sun)
Time:           2pm – 4pm
Venue:         B12, Hall B, Brussels Comic Strip Festival
 
Live Drawing Demonstration 1
Date:           02/09 (SAT)
Time:           4pm-5pm
Venue:         B12, HALL B, Brussels Comic Strip Festival
Comics Artist Justin WONG
 
Live Drawing Demonstration 2
Date:           02/09 (SAT)
Time:           6pm-7pm
Venue:         B12, HALL B, Brussels Comic Strip Festival
Comics Artist: OVERLOADDANCE
 
Live Drawing Demonstration 3
Date:           03/09 (SUN)
Time:           3:30pm-4:30pm
Venue:         B12, HALL B, Brussels Comic Strip Festival
Comics Artists: OVERLOADDANCE, Chi-man HO

Talk “Play Back and Forth”: Development of Hong Kong Comics since 1960s
Hong Kong Comics has always been “playful”, and has often “cross the boundaries”! In fact before the 1960s, Hong Kong comics “played with politics”, in which the bold attitude was somehow astounding. In the 1960s, we had Old Master Q and 13 Dots to “play 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 Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base in this trend? Don’t miss out Brussels Comic Strip Festival 2017, where Connie Lam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre, will “play back and forth” the development of Hong Kong Comics since the 1960s. In addition, Chi-man Ho, a comics artist and publisher, will also share his view on the future development of Hong Kong comics!

Date:    03 /09(Sun)
Time:    12nn-1pm
Venue:  Pavillon International Discussion Space, Brussels Comic Strip Festival
Speakers:    
Chi-man HO (Chiman Workshop, cBOY Comics Ltd.)
Connie LAM (Executive Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre, Initiator of Comix Home Base)



Helsinki Comics Festival (Finland)
Participating Comics Artist: Alice MAK, Miloza MA
Participating Publisher: Karson MAK (Today Publications Ltd.)

Exhibition 
Date:   01 – 03 /09(Fri - Sun)
Time:   01/09 Professional Preview, 02/09 11am-8pm, 03/09 12nn-6pm
Venue: Hong Kong Exhibition Venue, Helsinki Comics Festival (Sörnäisten rantatie 22, 00540 Helsinki, FINLAND)
 
Opening Reception
Date:    01/09(Fri)
Time:    2pm-4pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Exhibition Venue, Helsinki Comics Festival

Live Drawing Demonstration 1

Date:     02/09 (Sat)
Time:     4pm-5pm
Venue:   Helsinki Comics Festival
Comics ArtistAlice MAK
 
Live Drawing Demonstration 2
Date:      03/09 (Sat)
Time:      2pm-3pm
Venue:    Helsinki Comics Festival
Comics ArtistMiloza MA

Talk 1  “Play Back and Forth”: Development of Hong Kong Comics since 1960s
Hong Kong Comics has always been “playful”, and has often “cross the boundaries”! In fact before the 1960s, Hong Kong comics “played with politics”, in which the bold attitude was somehow astounding. In the 1960s, we had Old Master Q and 13 Dots to “play 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 Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base in this trend? Don’t miss out Helsinki Comics Festival 2017, where Connie Lam, Executive Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre, will “play back and forth” the development of Hong Kong Comics since the 1960s!

Date:         02/09 (Sat)
Time:        12nn-1pm
Venue:      Main Stage, Helsinki Comics Festival
Speaker: Connie LAM (Executive Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre, Initiator of Comix Home Base)
 
 
Talk 2 Trial and Error: Comics of New Styles in a Saturated Market
In recent years, the comics market in Hong Kong has become saturated. It is expected that new comers are harder and harder to get a share. However, if we do not try by “trial and error”, how do we know there is no way out? Karson Mak got into the publishing industry “unexpectedly” by establishing Today Publications, publishing a 700-page comics book In the Eyes of God with Danny Summer, a famous Hong Kong singer. During his journey, Karson did not hesitate to try by “trial and error”, and learnt from his mistakes. He finally published Hong Kong Havoc with Pen So, which was awarded with with The Hong Kong Golden Book Award (Picture Book Category), The 27th Hong Kong Print Award (Best Publishing Concept), and the Hong Kong Publishing Biennial Award (Picture Book Category), upon making its debut in 2016. While listening to Kason’s story of publishing experience, you may wonder how he implanted the “comics gene” in a novel, bringing two groups of readers of different genres together. What way exactly is Today Publications planning to go ahead? Let’s meet Karson in Helsinki Comics Festival in Finland this year to learn more about comics of new styles!

Date:     02/09  (Sat)
Time:     7pm-8pm
Venue:   Main Stage, Helsinki Comics Festival
Speaker:  Karson MAK (Today Publications Ltd.)




PLAY! Hong Kong Comics Touring Exhibition is an accredited event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region."
 
Disclaimer: Create Hong Kong of 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. 

 
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Hong Kong Arts Centre
Established in 1977, Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) is a self-funding organisation whose mission is to promote contemporary arts and culture within Hong Kong and beyond. Home to artists' creative exploration, the HKAC features various art forms by showing local and overseas artworks through exhibitions, in addition to organising programmes ranging from performances, conferences, seminars, screenings, art festivals and public art projects, all through the year. Always keeping up with our efforts, the HKAC is committed to enhancing Hong Kong’s position as an artistically vibrant city and linking art to the community. 
www.hkac.org.hk
 
Comix Home Base
Located between Mallory Street and Burrows Street in Wan Chai, Comix Home Base is a cluster of pre-war Grade 2 historic buildings refurbished by the Urban Renewal Authority, and operated by the Hong Kong Arts Centre for the five years following its opening in July 2013. Through exhibitions, master classes, seed programmes, provision of reading space, book release presentations and seminars, local and international comics are promoted to audience in Hong Kong and all over the world. CHB also encourages comics and animation creations through diverse aspects, including education, retail, research, documentation, etc. Revitalised from a historic architecture into the first art community featuring comics and animation in Hong Kong, CHB marks a milestone in the preservation of local history and promotion of comics and animation art culture. Not only will the CHB be a gathering point for comics and animation artists, it will also be an important platform for interaction and exchange between Hong Kong and overseas comics and animation art.
www.comixhomebase.com.hk
 
ABOUT THE SPONSOR
Create Hong Kong 
Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) is a dedicated office set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to spearhead the development of Hong Kong’s creative industries. Set up in June 2009, CreateHK co-ordinates the Government policy regarding creative industries, focuses Government’s resources catering for the promotion and speeding up of the development of creative industries in Hong Kong, and works closely with the trade to boost the development of creative industries.
www.createhk.gov.hk


Details
VENUE :

Brussels (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), Tokyo (Japan) and Hong Kong

PRESENTED & ORGANIZED :

Hong Kong Arts Centre, Comix Home Base

INFORMATION :

Enquiry: 
Hong Kong

www.hkac.org.hk
www.comixhomebase.com.hk
Tel: 852-25820200
Email: chb@hkac.org.hk
 
Brussels Comic Strip Festival
visit.brussels/en/sites/comicsfestival/m_article/international-pavilion
visit.brussels/en/sites/comicsfestival
Email: comicsfestival@visit.brussels
 
Helsinki Comics Festival
sarjakuvafestivaalit.fi
Email: info@sarjakuvafestivaalit.fi

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT :

Sponsor: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Supporters: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Tokyo
In Association with: Brussels Comic Strip Festival, Helsinki Comics Festival, Belgium Hong Kong Society, Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation, Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association

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