For a thin 30-odd-page weekly comic magazine printed in colour, every single page represents the strenuous effort of the people behind. With their hands and pens, they race against the clock in sleepless nights to provide us with easily affordable entertainment.
Having joined the comic profession in 1978, comic artist KHOO Fuk-lung has experienced the highs and lows of the industry over the past four decades. It was his passion for comics that brought him into the industry, and it is also this passion that motivates him to improve and enhance himself continuously so as not to disappoint his readers. Through observing how KHOO creates comics, we will try to find out how good quality comics should be appreciated.
In this episode, we will also interview several individuals who are closely connected with Hong Kong comics. Dr. FAN Wing-chung has been studying Hong Kong comics for years. He is convinced that Hong Kong comics, with their unimaginably high artistic quality, can be considered as representative of the city. KHOO happens to be the local comic artist he admires the most. Comic book cover artist HO Chi-hung has prepared book covers for various comic artists over the years. He even organizes drawing classes in leisure time to introduce the unparalleled technique displayed in Hong Kong comics on the use of colours and composition. Comic souvenir shop owner Dicky believes that the biggest benefit of comic-related products to the industry concerns not the revenue it brings, but the promotional opportunity it offers, since more people will come to know about comics and fall in love with them. As regards to the shift to sheet-fed printing technique in the comic world nowadays, printer Human CHEUNG thinks that it facilitates comic production companies in cost control and in fully meeting artists’ requirements regarding colours.