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【Book Launch Event】Asian Documentary Comics

Venue: Jockey Club Atrium, G/F–3/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre  
Date: 2022.02.15 - 2022.05.02
Time: 09:00–23:00  
Price: Free admission  

 【Book Launch Event】Asian Documentary Comics 
 ‧ Comics Originals Exhibition The Ocean by 61CHI | The Runaway by Yao-ching TSENG 

 ‧ Asian Documentary Comic Book Recommendations 
 ‧ Exhibition Extension @zbfghk store 


Presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base), Slowork Publishing Limited
Special Thanks: zbfghk

Documentary comics, named ‘documentaries on Paper’, are created based on non-fictional stories. Different from usual narrative forms of conventional comics, documentary comics are highly experimental and rich in content on both texts and pictorial composition. Creators have spent excessively long time collating information and interviews, depicting real stories which are rarely noticed and exploring different social issues and voices in depth.

Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base) collaborates with Slowork Publishing Limited in introducing a variety of documentary comics created on different themes and in different styles to Hong Kong audience and readers. Slowork Publishing always carefully selects papers and ink for comic books and prints them exquisitely. Every physical comic book is superbly produced with details and has high collection values, giving readers a unique experience.

【Book Launch Event】showcases originals and comics production processes from two Taiwanese comics artists 61Chi and Yao-ching Tseng. Meanwhile, there will be a trial reading corner with various documentary comic books. Do not miss anything out if you are a fan of comics, delicate printing products or reading!

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From 16 February to 1 May, Exhibition Extension @zbfghk store will show the originals of four comics artists featured in MONSOON, representing the different aspects of documentary comics.

Exhibition Extension details: zbfghk Facebook



 Comics Originals Exhibition The Ocean by 61CHI | The Runaway by Yao-ching TSENG 

MONSOON series is the representative works of Slowork Publishing. Each volume invites a number of creators from the Asian region to record stories faithfully in graphic form, initiating discussions on documentary comics between creators and readers. The exhibition will display two stories about migrant workers collected in MONSOON - originals of The Ocean by 61Chi and The Runaway by Yao-ching Tseng, in addition, artists’ processes of creating comics will be reproduced and their editor’s notes and references for production will be shown, in order to bring the audience to the backstage of “documentaries on paper”. 



Currently a freelancer who focuses on comics, illustration and print design, she is fond of urban themes.

She self-published her first dōjinshi the same year she graduated from high school. After releasing more than 10 volumes, she decided to create her own original works. Her inspiration comes from the trivial things and habits of her daily life, as well as her observations of the surrounding urban environment, in which she imagines her characters. In terms of technique, she integrates classical visual art into comics language. Her published works include Room (2014), Small Town, Southern Time: Zuoying & Český Krumlov (2016), and Sometimes in the City (2019). Her works have won awards in Taiwan and internationally.


 The Ocean 

61Chi uses a variety of art medium for the line drawing. With her well-constructed storyline, she guides readers through an issue which is seemingly unrelated to oneself. This story is printed on special paper to imitate the colours when lights reflect in sea. 



 Yao-ching TSENG 

He began drawing comics in 2012 and attempted at integrating forms and narratives. The experimental comics The Daughter of Manga (2013), which explores how comics/art is created, was nominated for Best New Talent at the Golden Comic Awards. His comic works often experiment with diverse media and techniques, producing comics with innovative approaches with paper, screen and ink, etc., to interfere with the narratives and become part of the story.

His recent works revolve around the theme of ‘dreams, theatre, and mirrored worlds’, and seek to question and deconstruct the boundaries of autonomy and survival.


 The Runaway 

Yao-ching Tseng uses different art mediums to appropriately depict escaped migrant workers' inner struggles and their life situations. This story is printed on coated art paper so as to highlight the darkness and mystery on graphics and drive the atmosphere through visual impact.


 Asian Documentary Comic Book Recommendations 

A trial reading corner is set in the exhibition to display over 10 documentary comic books in different themes.

Gathered great efforts of comics artists, editors, story protagonists, interviews, data collection, screenwriters, book design, printing technicians, documentary comic books reveal the unseen side of the world to more people by reappearing cultures, histories and lives in reality through drawings and words: 90 years of Taiwan history experienced by a senior in the cultural industry; a story with black humour happened inside and outside the asylum; the state of mind of a cancer patient’s family member; a rethink of placemaking after urbanites entering the Bunun tribe; the forgotten factory labourers under rapid economic development; a collection of family memories from the elders through oral history…

A list of documentary comic books is now available for sale at HKAC Art Shop and online shop (hkacartshop.store). Orders are welcomed!

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Enquiry: 2582 0200 / chb@hkac.org.hk
Support HKAC: https://donorbox.org/support-hong-kong-arts-centre

About Slowork Publishing: www.sloworkpublishing.com  | Facebook (@sloworkpublishing) | Instagram (@sloworkpublishing)

 To reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, the presenter have implemented the following precautionary measures:-

  • Self-taking body temperature checks are implemented at the main entrance of the venue, visitors are required to check their body temperature before entering. Presenter reserves the right to refuse entry to any persons who refuse to check their body temperature, or whose body temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius (as indicated by the temperature detector used by the presenter) or to those who have significant respiratory infections into the venue;
  • Visitors are required to clean their hands with hand sanitizer prepared by themselves or provided by the presenter before admission;
  • Visitors are required to wear their own mask inside the venue;
  • Visitors are required to follow the venue instructions during the exhibition, maintain 1.5m social distance and avoid gathering more than two people.

The presenter will review the situation and adjust the measures if necessary. We appreciate your understanding.
The presenter reserves the rights of final decision on the arrangement.

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