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Hong Kong Ani-Com Carnival – A Jump for Shanghai Expo 2010 (issued by Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation)

Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Industry Support Center jointly presents Hong Kong Ani-Com Carnival with support from Cyberport and Hong Kong Arts Center. This is a part of HKSAR programme for EXPO 2010 Shanghai (Shanghai Expo) which will be held on September 4th - 16th, 2010 at Grand Gateway, Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China. The carnival aims at promoting Hong Kong’s renowned comics and animation exhibition, art education, cross-media development and achievements to target audience visiting Shanghai Expo.

Celebrated comic artists will support the grand opening ceremony of Hong Kong Ani-Com Carnival on September 4th, 2010 including Tony Wong, Ma Wing Shing, Lee Chi Ching, Craig Au Yeung, Siuhak and Yeung Hok Tak, to name a few. After the ceremony, a forum led by comic artists and industry gurus will be held to share and discuss the development of comics and animation in the era of new multimedia.

“This is a valuable opportunity for exchanging and sharing of innovative comic and animation ideas across cultures in the Mainland and Hong Kong,” said Tony Wong, Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation.

The carnival will embark on its footprints in Shanghai with its display of fascinating 3-meter tall sculptures of Tiger Wong, Cloud and McMug characters. There are 30 more other comic characters greeting fans with an exhilarating experience of walking the comic village! These characters, to name a few, include Bi Bi (mascot of the Carnival), Hero, Sky, Master Q and Miss 13 Dots. The carnival consists of a wide variety of activities and exhibition. Activities include live painting of comics and McMug dubbing fun as well as a competition of portraying comic characters. These will be held on September 11th.
For exhibition, Hong Kong Comics Exhibition is the prime exhibition of comic collections by over 20 artists of Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation and independent artists. The design and narrative of each masterpiece are exclusive. Hong Kong’s art of comics adds innovative elements of story-telling, history, martial arts and trends of next generation to comic books which strike the chords of global audience across generations.

The carnival also consists of a number of other exhibition zones including a. Cross-media Comics and Animation Zone showing Tony Wong and Alice Mak’s famous comic collections; b. Artist Workshop; c. Exhibits for Comics and Animation Industry Achievements; d. New-generation Comics Zone showing the extension of comic prints to the platforms of mobile phone and computer with interactive demonstrations using iPad and iPhone; e. Art Education Zone showcasing examples of filming and animation art; creative-thinking comic stories and teaching references developed for Hong Kong Secondary School Visual Art Curriculum; f. Hong Kong Comics and Animation Development History Zone sharing with visitors art treasures of comic books created in the years of 1960 to 2000 and records of interviewing artists; and g. Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Showcases (HKDES) organized by Cyberport exhibiting masterpiece of champions and runners-up from “Geeks: Hong Kong Digital Game Development Competition 2010” and “Gags: Amazing Cities Animation Competition”.

Comic and animation artists showcasing their masterpiece include Ah Gau, Alfonso Wong, Alice Mak, Big Soil, Craig Au Yeung, John Chan, Kai, Keung Chi Kit, Khoo Fuk Lung, Kong Sei Kit, Lai Tat Tat Wing, Lau Wan Kit, Li Chi Tat, Lee Chi Ching, Lee Wai Chun, Ma Wing Shing, Ricky, Sheung Kwun Siu Bo, Siuhak, Stella So, Tony Wong and Yeung Hok Tak.

Comics and games in the culture industry are always viewed as part of the “content industry”. The pervasive use of digital technology and its integration with the industries of media, publishing, music, advertising, mobile phone and automobiles has generated new culture industry. This new industry is the driving force for productivity bringing significant impact not only to the development of the “content industry” but also bringing opportunities of economic development to many related industries.

Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation:
Maygi Lam
+852- 9191 8635

Media Contact:
Winnie Wong
+852- 9669 9034