【 Cultural Tour in Comics City — Angoulême in France 】
Sharing by Chi-tak LI, Kwong-shing LAU, YANAI and Marie FABBRI
Presenters: Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau, Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base)
In collaboration with: Today Publications
Speakers : Mr Chi-tak LI, Mr Kwong-shing LAU, Ms YANAI, Ms Marie FABBRI
Moderator : Mr Kwong-shing LAU
Conducted in Cantonese with English & Cantonese Simultaneous Interpretation
A Book Signing Session by the three comics artists will be held from 4pm after the Sharing Talk at the same venue, reservation is needed.
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The Angoulême International Comics Festival plays the role of an accelerator, and a platform for the meeting of genres and cultures, as seen from its welcome of three renowned Hong Kong comics artists — Mr. Chi-tak Li, Mr. Kwong-shing Lau and Ms. Yanai — this year.
Having participated in the Angoulême International Comics Festival several times before, in 2016, Hong Kong comic strips arrived at the forefront of the Festival with a monographic exhibition devoted to one of Hong Kong’s most talented artists, the prolific Chi-tak Li. As early as the 1980s, Li, whose graphic virtuosity was quickly discovered by local readers, multiplied his publications over the years, either in the form of albums or comic book periodicals - including those in Japan where he collaborated with the manga magazines such as Young and Ikki among many others. His interests and work also extend to illustrations, as evident from his numerous publications in newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong. Today, with several dozen titles published, Li enjoys the rightful title of godfather of Hong Kong's independent comics.
This conference, consisting of a dialogue with two young comics artists, Kwong-shing Lau and Yanai, together with the participation of the Head of Rights and Licensing Market of the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Marie Fabbri, and the acclaimed artist Chi-tak Li highlight the benefits that the International Comics Festival of Angoulême has provided their participating artists with, in terms of creation and opportunities.
Chi-tak Li began his career in the comics industry in 1982. After working for a corporate comics publisher in Hong Kong for a month, he decided to start his own venture as a freelancer. Following on from the release of The Wisely series, he self-published Tong Men Shao Nian, a prominent title which rocketed him to fame in 1987. He has since developed a distinctive art style, creating his own visual world with eerily experimental works that broke genre rules.
Li’s transmedia creations transcend the boundary of comics and expand into movies, experimental theatres, literature, pop music and sculptures. His idiosyncratic style has attracted the attention and commissions from local and international brands. Li is also well-known to the international comics scene. His comics has been published in places like Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Mainland China, France and Italy since the 90s.
In 2016, the Hong Kong Arts Centre had jointly curated Li’s solo exhibition with the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France as one of the Festival’s thematic exhibitions. His French comics The Beast, a collaborative project with the famous Belgian writer Jean Dufaux, was released at the same time. This solo exhibition had given birth to another international cooperation opportunity. Li was invited by the Louvre Museum to create a new comics Moon of the Moon. The French version was released in November 2019 in Europe and the Hong Kong Chinese version by the local publisher Today Publications in March 2020.
柳廣成 Kwong-shing LAU
Kwong-shing Lau, who spent his childhood in Kyoto, Japan, is deeply influenced by the Japanese comics culture. After returning to Hong Kong, he studied at the Department of Fine Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has published over ten short comics series on different platforms such as MDecomics and Ani-Wave. His direction of creation has changed drastically since his participation in the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France by the invitation from Hong Kong Arts Centre in 2017. He frequently draws with pencil, creating the atmosphere with its tactile touches. While engage in the exploration of comics’ potential as a medium of expression, he also tries to deconstruct and rework what a ‘comics’ is.
His comics works include Cube Escape: Paradox, a collaboration with Rusty Lake in the Netherland and The Fallen City published in Taiwan. Cube Escape: Paradox which was sold globally was a great success, with the 100 limited editions sold out in four hours. His latest comics book Fantaisie Ordinaire is in collaboration with the Amsterdam composer Victor Butzelaar, published by Europe publishing house Patayo Éditions and is simultaneously launching in Europe and Hong Kong in 2020. Apart from comics, Lau is also dedicated in the production of animation. He has already created more than ten animation short films. Recently he has been focusing on drawing works related to social issues and was invited to participate in exhibitions such as Bangkok Through Poster in Thailand, The Art of Protest in Hong Kong and Éruptions @ Lyon BD Festival in France.
Participated Exhibitions: Achieve Comic (2016 Hong Kong), Angoulême International Comics Festival (2017 France), The Pitch of Tension – Hong Kong Comics Power (2017 Hong Kong), Comics Like That (2018 Hong Kong), Mangasia (2019 Shenzhen, China), Ani-Com Park@Harbour"FUN" (2019 Hong Kong), Cube Escape: Paradox Exhibition (Hong Kong, 2019), Graphic Novel Festival (Taiwan, 2019), Silver Forest: Lost And Found (Hong Kong, 2019), Taiwan Comics Festival (Taiwan, 2019), The Art of Protest (Hong Kong, 2019), Bangkok Through Poster (Thailand, 2020), Éruptions @ Lyon BD Festival (France, 2020), Rebel Pen (Taiwan, 2020), Kwong-shing Lau x Raider (Hong Kong, 2020).
Website : il.netvigamer.net
Yanai, who grew up in Hong Kong, is a dog lover. She became fond of comics because her elder brother regularly bought comics magazines and Doraemon home. With her interest in drawing, naturally she became devoted to comics creation. She has studied at comics training academy in Japan. She started serializing Frankenstein Family on Suncomics Project, a digital comics platform in Taiwan. The work’s Japanese edition was first serialized on the Japanese comics monthly Comic@Bunch in 2017. A Japanese animated version followed shortly after. The French edition of Frankenstein Family was published in 2019.
She sets her current goal at finishing Frankenstein Family and work hard to live a life at the same time.
Holder of a master's degree from the Sorbonne University in the direction of cultural projects (comics specialisation), Marie Fabbri has worked for more than 10 years as PR for various authors, cultural institutions and French publishing houses (Kana, Ankama, Steinkis Groupe, etc.). She joined the Angoulême International Comics Festival team in September 2019 to lead the International Rights and Licenses Market there.
Angoulême International Comics Festival International Rights and Licenses Market: https://www.bdangoulemepro.com/en
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