Picturing the City at OUAT, Hong Kong Comics Touring Exhibition
Why We Recommend it
This summer’s Hong Kong Comics Touring Exhibition, OUAT – once upon a time – showcases both local and international comics artists who focus on visualising fantasies by turning dramas into realities.
Hong Kong comics turn a new page in the 2010s, with more short comics stories relating to the city’s everyday life or social issues gaining wider public attention. There are, however, some independent comics artists or groups who are devoted to creating drama comics. By hook or by crook, they have been building imaginary worlds with different themes as the backdrop through conducting in-depth research, developing sophisticated characters, and writing up cinematic storyboards.
The first phase of the OUAT was held successfully in the 46th Angoulême International Comics Festival in France in January this year. In August, the second phase returns to Hong Kong Arts Centre, showcasing the drama comics creations of five local comics artists and two groups of comics professionals who participated in the first phase.
Two overseas comics artists and three comics professionals are also invited to come to Hong Kong for exchange activities. Among other activities, there is a special session for the overseas comics professionals to comment on the proposals of drama comics called from the public. Public talks on copyright law and rights licensing will also be held to help local talent equip themselves with skills in storytelling.
Last but not least, the participating Hong Kong comics artists and comics professionals will jointly create a comics piece as a response to their journey in Angoulême and present it to the audience in Hong Kong.