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The Hong Kong Ani-Com Carnival celebrates the precious art pieces of content industry to community (Released by Hong Kong Productivity Council) (with photos)

[Hong Kong‧16th November 2010] Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Industry Support Centre staged The Hong Kong Ani-Com Carnival at Hall 3, AsiaWorld Expo, Lantau. Create Hong Kong gave a full support to bring The Hong Kong Ani-Com Carnival – A Jump for Shanghai Expo 2010 back to Hong Kong for public viewing from 16th to 29th November 2010.

This is the fifth time that these giant and life-sized Hong Kong cartoon characters will be put on show since making their debut at the Hong Kong Ani-Com Carnival in Shanghai from September 4 to 16 as an official HKSAR Programme for Expo. The cartoon characters and a related exhibition made their debut at the popular Grand Gateway shopping mall in Shanghai as part of Government efforts to showcase Hong Kong's creative industries. The exhibition was a great success.

Part of the exhibition then moved to Jinhan Exhibition Centre in Guangzhou from September 30 to October 5. and part of it to Songshanhu Exhibition Centre in Dongguan from October 1 to 5 to further promote Hong Kong's animation and comics sector

Selected characters then returned to Shanghai for display inside the Expo Park during Hong Kong Week from Oct 18 to 22 and were a big hit with Expo visitors. Now, the full exhibition is welcomed home to Hong Kong after its successful mission in the Mainland.

To celebrating this momentous occasion, an opening ceremony was held at 3pm on 16th November. Guests of honor included: Dr. Tony Wong, Chairman of Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation; Mr. Jerry Liu, Head of Create Hong Kong, Commerce and Economic Development Bureau; Mr. Kai Tai Yung, General Manager (IT Industry Development Division) of Hong Kong Productivity Council; Mr. Alan Wan, Executive Director of Hong Kong Ani-Com Carnival; and renowned local comic artists Ms. Lee Wai Chun (Miss 13 dots), Mr. Lau Wan Kit and Postgal.

The Hong Kong Ani-Com Carnival 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 comic lovers as well as the audience who visits the significant painting “Along the River during the Oingming Festival” by Qiu Ying of the Ming dynasty.

The carnival will display 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 Hero, Sky, Master Q and Miss 13 Dots. The carnival consists of a wide variety of activities and exhibition. Furthermore, there are a number of other exhibition zones including (I) Comic Artist Workshop; (II) Exhibits for Comics and Animation Industry Achievements; (III) 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.

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 Ani-Com Carnival Details:
Venue : Hall 3, AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau
Period : 16th to 29th November 2010
Opening Hours : 10am to 10pm (Monday to Friday)
9am to 10pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Remarks : Free of Charge

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