Comics from the Future
Talk by Overseas Comics Professional #1
Organiser: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Comix Home Base
Sponsor: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Supporters: Alliance Française Hong Kong, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels
In Association with: Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation, Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association, Angoulême International Comics Festival
Speaker: Sébastien GNAEDIG (Editor-in-Chief of Futuropolis)
Conducted in French with Cantonese interpretation
Online registration is required, first-come, first-served.
Futuropolis is a leader in the comics industry. Founded in 1974, it has since heralded a boom of similar independent publishing houses. It’s impact to the industry has truly lived up to the name of ‘Futuropolis’, one that has a lasting impact on the future of French comics.
Futuropolis has already published more than 500 comics titles, winning numerous awards from the Angoulême International Comics Festival. These include Rébétiko (2010) that is set in Greece in the late 1930s, Période glaciaire that explores lost civilization under glaciers and the memoir Couma acò (1992). Comics artists who work with Futuropolis come from around the world, including acclaimed masters like David B, Enki Bila and Jean-Pierre Gibrat from France, Gipi from Italy, and Araki Hirohiko, Taniguchi Jiro and Matsumoto Taiyō from Japan.
In 2003, Futuropolis collaborated with the world-renowned Louvre Museum on the Louvre BD Project (BD stands for bandes dessinées, comic strips in French), inviting comics artists to seek inspirations from the museum collections and interpret their Louvre experience through comics. The Louvre comic series has been published since 2005. Li Chi-Tak, dubbed the “Father of Hong Kong independent comics” became the first Hong Kong artist to participate in the project.
Comics have long been regarded in France as the Ninth Art, not only are comics popular, they are also enshrined in art galleries and museums. Comics also regularly make it into the local best-selling book lists. Futuropolis’s Editor-in-Chief, Sébastien Gnaedig will introduce comics from Futuropolis, the collaboration with the Louvre, and of course, his experience working with Li Chi-Tak.
If you are interested in whether comics will continue to thrive in Europe, please come and join us for Sébastien Gnaedig’s forecast of comic’s future!
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