What To See in Hong Kong – Avenue of Comic Stars
It was the last day of our vacation, and we had a bit of time to kill between breakfast and checkout from Residence G Hotel where we stayed. After a delicious morning meal, we headed to Nathan Road, via Kimberly Road, where we knew there would be some morning shopping available.
As we shopped along Nathan Road, I noticed an entrance to Kowloon Park. I encouraged my friends to enter the park. It would be nice to see some nature in Hong Kong, I said. They agreed, we walked into the park, and discovered a pleasant surprise – the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars! If you like to know What To See in Hong Kong, this is one of the places you must visit.
Tip: Don’t follow Google Map’s direction. From our hotel via Kimberly Road proved to be shorter and faster. Plus, more interesting things to see along the way.
We love comics! I could still hear the yelps of delight from my friends as we hurried to the row of comic stars.
About Avenue of Comic Stars
The Avenue of Comic Stars was opened on 28 September 2012. Colorfully painted sculptures of famous local comic characters lined the couple of hundred meters long pathway. The statues are 1.8 to 3 meters high.
Each comic character was created by distinguished local comic artists. A signage is placed next to each monument relating who is the comic character, which popular comic it was from, who is the famous comic artist as well as a bit of history of the artist.
These sculptures sure brought a lot of fond memories to my friends and I. And I am sure they will do the same for the locals and visitors. Those not familiar with this niche culture of Hong Kong (and Asia), can have the opportunity to learn a bit about it at this attraction.
There are lots of arts and cultural activities frequently held at this location. For example, in 2016, there was a large annual celebration that included demonstration of comic drawings, autograph sessions by famous comic artists, cosplay parade, and more! Do check out their website to see if any of the events happen to coincide with your visit.
On A Little Avenue of Comic Stars
Here are the Comic Stars for you to enjoy viewing. I have reproduced the text from the signage placed next to each respective sculpture. The name of the Comic Character is above the image. Below the image, there is information on what Works the Comic Character is famous for, Who is the Comic Artist, and a little synopsis of the artist.
Comic Character: McDull
McDull is one of the most famous animated stars who always appear in films. Its first film is My Life as McDull.
Comic Artist: Alice Mak
Alice Mak, the illustrator of McDull character. From 1990, she created the McMug and McDull series with co-creator Brian Tse and licensed a series of related products.
With the great popularity of characters, she started devoting into animation films, movies known respectively as My Life as McDull, McDull, Prince de la Bun, McDull – Kungfu Ding Ding Dong and McDull, The Pork of Music, which all gained strong and reputable recognition.
Comic Character: Nan Gong Wen Tian
Works: Magical Weapons
Magical Weapons is the first weapon-themed martial art comic with elements of fables. The story is centered on weapon, Heaven’s Crystal, forged by the Celestial Goddess to Eradicate Demon, and a cursed weapon.
In Jin Dynasty, on the day the Nan Gong Clan received the Courts’ honour, the leading evil sect came to attack. Nan Gong Yi, the Chief of Nan Gong Clan, defended with the power of the Heaven’s Crystal, which gave off a huge blast, realizing its curse, Nan Gong Wen Tian, the leading role, is the descendant of Celestial Goddess and the master of the Heaven’s Crystal.
He became the chief of the martial art circles and lived his entire life righteous, brave and kind. With the phoenix heart, he is a demigod and lives eternally as a loyal guardian to the earth.
Comic Artist: Wong Yuk-Long, Tony
Wong Yuk-long, Tony was born in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province in 1950, and immigrated to Hong Kong while he was 6. Started from aged 10, he submitted his pieces to the press, which were posted by The Chinese Student Weekly Reunion, Youth Park, etc.
He joined the comic industry since 13 and determined that comic creation as his lifelong career. During aged 17, he built up his own publisher, and was totally responsible for creating, drawing and publishing. Wong established Jade Dynasty Group Ltd. in 1993, Jade Dynasty Multi-Media Ltd. in 2003 and Hangzhou Yulang Animation Company Ltd. in 2011.
Comic Character: Miss 13 Dots
Works: Miss 13 Dots
Miss 13 Dots is the only daughter of a local millionaire. While being lively, independent, avant-garde, and fashionable, she also cares about the people with her charitable mind and a strong sense of justice. She likes to conjure up unusual ideas and act chivalry with her friends.
Comic Artist: Lee Wai-chun
Lee Wai-chun is an esteemed Hong Kong comic artist. Having studied Chinese painting at college, she started practicing comic illustration in the 1960s. Her best-known comic is the classic Miss 13 Dots published in 1966.
The comic started the trend of girl’s comics and was very popular from 60s to 80s both at home and abroad including Southeast Asia. The heroine Miss 13 Dots is an independent avant-garde, and fashionable girl who breaks the concept that women are inferior in Hong Kong society.
Comic Character: Guo Jing
Works: The Legend of the Condor Heroes
The comic The Legend of the Condor Heroes was adapted from one of the most representative novels of Luis Cha. Its protagonist Guo has a sharp hero image and stands out among the heroes created by Cha as an embodiment of orthodox moral values and traditional chivalry. As an undeniable master, he became the most successful fictional character in Cha’s novels.
Comic Artist: Lee Chi-ching
Lee was born in 1963 in Hong Kong. He is a member of the HK Contemporary Artists Association and an honorary advisor of the HK Comics and Animation Federation. He has been honored and received many awards.
For instance, in 1993, on behalf of Culturecom Comics, he collaborated with SCHOLAR, a Japanese publisher to release the comic Romance of the Three Kingdoms, making an instant hit in both Hong Kong and Japan.
Lee became the first Hong Kong artist to successfully tap into the Japan’s comic market. In 2007, his work Sun Zi’s Tactics won the Gold Award of The 1st International Manga Award by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Comic Character: Sau Nga Chun
Works: Tai Kung Pao
Sau Nga Chun is the forerunner of today’s typical Hong Kong girls while her age, measurements and star sign are all unknown. Being boastful, greedy, calculating, and lazy, she was already unneeded by the society.
Lately she was seen making a living as a parallel goods importer carrying milk formula to the mainland. For the time moment securing seven meals a day and finding an accommodation have not posed a problem to her.
Comic Artist: Gum Siu-man
Gum emerged in the comic field when he was 16 as a mentee of Sueng-kun Siu Wai. He joined Jademan Comics at 19 and became primary author at 21. He has worked for publishing houses Jonesky Limited, Freeman Holdings Limited, and Cuturecom Holdings Limited before setting up his own comic publisher.
Comic Character: Liaoyuan Huo
Works: The Ravages of Time
Liaoyuan Huo is the chief of mercenary assassins “Handicapped Warriors”. Being brave and smart, he has been taking thrilling and mysterious tasks from the Sima clan. Subsequently he found his goal in life and decided to embark on the warring front. Eventually he became the invincible warrior of the time.
Comic Artist: Chan Mou
Chan was an employee of an advertising company in Hong Kong. He entered the comic field in 1996 after winning the sixth Tongli New Comic Artist Award (youth bracket) with his first short comic, Unhuman. In 1999, his sci-fi work God Pretender won the Best Art award in the 3rd Asia Manga Summit.
In April 2001, he published The Ravages of Time, a break-through to conventional literature about the Three Kingdoms Era with a new viewpoint and humanity. The comic is sold in 8 major countries and different cities in Asia since it have been launched 11 years ago.
Comic Character: Little Horse
Works: Little Horse’s Silly Life
The comic is rich in Hong Kong flavor. It explores silly and funny things from the boring life to crack readers up.
Comic Artist: Maggie Lau
Maggie Lau was an office lady before being a fulltime comic artist. In Hong Kong Book Fair 2007, Little Horse’s Silly Life recording funny events in her life daily was released which immediately topped the selling chart.
In December 2007, Little Horse’s Silly Life 2 was released, which was once sold out. The following years saw a number of sequels invariably climb to top of the selling chart, which is an incredible achievement in the industry. Her success also aroused the interest of major organizations inviting her for co-operation to launch products and host exhibitions.
Comic Character: Wang Xiao Hu
Works: Tiger & Dragon Heroes
Tiger & Dragon Heroes is the most long-standing local comic strip in Hong Kong, and also the most representative piece of Wong Yuk Long. The theme of the story revolves mainly around brotherhood and the fight for justice.
Wang Xiao Hu, the leading role, is a guy with a strong sense of justice and great fighting skills. he met his elder brother, Wang Xiao Long, and Shi Hei Long, who became best friends. They then formed a martial art school to make the quintessence of Chinese Kung Fu widely known and punish evil-doers.
Comic Artist: Wong Yuk-long, Tony
Wong Yuk-long, Tony was born in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province in 1950, and immigrated to Hong Kong while he was 6. Started from aged 10, he submitted his pieces to the press, which were posted by The Chinese Student Weekly Reunion, Youth Park, etc. He joined the comic industry since 13 and determined that comic creation as his lifelong career.
During aged 17, he built up his own publisher, and was totally responsible for creating, drawing and publishing. Wong established Jade Dynasty Group Ltd. in 1993, Jade Dynasty Multi-Media Ltd. in 2003 and Hangzhou Yulang Animation Company Ltd. in 2011.
Comic Character: Hui Lok
Works: Feel 100%
Hui Lok, an all-around designer and creator, partners with his friend Jerry to start up an advertising firm. Unlike Jerry, he stresses loyalty in relationship, and is dissatisfied with Jerry’s loose romantic attitude.
Hui Lok is so much into Cherie and regards her as a perfect goddess. Although Cherie does not feel for him, he is willing to be her guardian angel, selflessly devoting his care and love.
Comic Artist: Jeffrey Lau
Jeffrey is well known for his comic Feel 100%, which has been adapted into films and TV series, owning the hearts of youngsters. In 2008, in The 2nd International Manga Award by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his work stood out among 368 entries from 46 countries and won the Gold Award.
In recent years, he has been invited by universities, schools of professional education, primary and secondary schools to give seminars and join in various exchange activities, sparing no efforts in promoting arts and culture and the creative industry.
Comic Character: K
K is a story of a Chinese agent refitted from the 007 story with the inclusion of light jokes in his exciting tasks. Like James Bond, K retains a loose in romantic attitude and hero-like characters, and also shares human’s weaknesses. The difference is that his Chinese identity is highlight in the story.
Comic Artist: Li Chi-tat
Embarking on the comics industry in 1982, Li left Jademan Comics a month later to pursue his comic career as an independent artist. His works were issued in Japan and published in Taiwan and France. In recent years, he took up art in other forms which helped take his comics to a new level with these art elements.
Comic Character: Q Boy
Works: White Cat Black Cat
White Cat Black Cat was created in 2004. The white cat Q Boy is curious about everything and willing to ask (Q stands for question). His uncle, the black cat Doctor A, is an erudite scholar (A stands for answer). Their interaction enables children to learn efficiently and happily by reading the funny comics.
Comic Artist: Ma Sing-yuen
A renowned local comic artist, he has served as art director and creative director in newspaper and magazines. In the 1990s, he worked as a full time comic artist and illustrated comic columns in major newspapers covering current affairs, politics, and humour.
In 2004, he collaborated with Fong Sha Mei on the White Cat Black Cat series and more than 300 books were published in eight years. The comic not only includes an endless stream of jokes, but more importantly marries humour with knowledge. It is loved by children and recommended by teachers and parents.
Comic Character: Andy Chan
Works: Teddy Boy
Andy Chan is the hero in Teddy Boy. With the underworld background, the comic is a faithful reflection of all walks of life through the happenings and fates of its characters. Andy, in particular, who was once a heroic youngster, has mellowed as he turned middle-aged like any other man.
Comic Artist: Man Kai-ming
When Man Kai Ming started to work in comic field at the age of 13, the comic industry was blooming. He worked for many comic production companies, including newspapers Kwong Pao, Hei Pao, Ching Pao and Kam Pao.
After years of experience, he started his own publishing house in 1992 and officially released its debut title Teddy Boy. Like no others, Teddy Boy changed to be issued every 3 days in 2003. The practice continued on today and now it’s published 1,500 issues.
Comic Character: Doggie
Works: God Legion
God Legion revolved in the Shang and Zhou dynasties in China, when human co-habited with gods on the earth. The gods had superior wisdom and strength, and human beings were in awe of and obedient to them.
The protagonist of the story is Doggie, an offspring of a human and a god. Disgruntled at the gods’ long-term suppression and ruling to humans, he decided to challenge the god’s authority.
Comic Artist: Cheng Kin-wo
Cheng engaged in comic field in 1992. After working under Kwong’s Printing Company Limited and Ocean Creative Company Limited, he left for his individual career. he was the editor in chief of The Legend of the Devil Vol. I to III, Jedi Skywalker, Quadra Spirit, Violet Infortune, Valkyria Phoenix, Fire Dragon, Shadow Killer, God Legion and Wild Wolf and Mary.
Comic Character: Cowboy
Cowboy was created in the 70s and early 80s. The whole series, which came in 40 volumes, tells what happened in Cowboy’s family, especially between the father and son, in a fun and warm way and reflects the community of Hong Kong. Using limited words except short titles, the cartoonist manages to tell stories vividly with pictures only.
Comic Artist: Wong Sze-ma
The Macau-born artist was originally called Wong Wing-hing. In the 1950s he was a teacher in Macau and learnt illustrating after work. In 1965, he was employed by Ming Pao. On one hand he cooperated with Alphonso Wong with a comic series Old Master Q and Godfather, on the other drew illustrations for Louis Cha’s novels.
During 1971 and 1980, he composed 4-panel comic strips, including Father and Son. Cowboy Debussy and Gorgeous Susan, whereas Cowboy was later compiled into a 40-volume comic book and was very well received in the market.
Comic Character: Din-Dong
Din-dong, a silly cat kept by the illustator, is full of positive energy and dreams. It likes to collect surplus resources. Exhibitions featuring Din-dong were showcased in LCX at Harbour City, Olympian City and APM in Hong Kong as well as The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Japan.
It won the 4th Asiagraph Jury Special Work from Japan, and its animation was broadcast in Nippon Television Network Corporation and the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Comic Artist: Postgal Workshop
Postgal Workshop is a two-person comic group which Pam Hung is mainly responsible for the content while John Chan for the graphic. The name “Postgal Workshop” is a homonym of “cat flea” in Cantonese since they think that people living in the world alike a tiny cat flea when compare with the universe.
The duo received Hong Kong Arts Development Awards – Awards of best Artists. Their works were awarded the grand prize in Japan TBS animation competition afterward they were interviewed by The Daily Yomiuri.
Comic Character: Bruce Lee
Works: Bruce Lee
The comic Bruce Lee was created in 1971, inspired by a movie, The Big Boss. Despite being in hard times, the comic managed to make breakthrough with an innovative idea, making comic with martial art and combat theme as the mainstream in Hong Kong.
The legendary title is one of the longest running comics in Hong Kong publishing for almost 40 years. Thanks to the conscientious illustrator, the series did not come to a break until 2009.
Comic Artist: Vincent Kwong
Kwong followed his brother to join the industry at the age of 11. In 1971 he started the long comic strips Bruce Lee, whose circulation was on par with Tony Wong’s Tiger & Dragon Heroes.
It is also one of the longest running comic strips in Hong Kong. In the mid-60s, he founded Good Friend Comics Journal and Peter Pan Comics Daily; in the mid-70s he founded comic papers such as Hei Pao and Comic Strip Daily.
After a brief spell in Jademan Comics, he established 82 Comic House and Kwong’s Printing Co. Ltd.
Comic Character: Tiger Shark
Works: Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark, the most representative figure in the Tiger Shark series, has a mighty fist with a million self-destructive horsepower. The crux of the story comes when his ultimate move was used.
With too much power to bear, the move set its user’s body to blast. The illustrator wished to express all feelings in life in one move. Like it is said that a person reviews his entire life before his death, the self-destructing move unleashes all experience, feelings and life of its users.
Comic Artist: Wan Yat-leung
Wan has been in the comic field over 20 years. Strongly influenced by western culture and different film and comics, he created many renowned titles with different skills. Better known ones include If I Were King, Black Leopard, as well as Tiger Shark and Warlord published by Ocean Creative Company Limited, a publishing house he founded.
Wan wishes his work would appeal to readers of different age groups and stimulate their interest in comics. He finds these are more meaningful compare with fame and fortune.
Comic Character: Old Master Q
Works: Old Master Q
The almighty Old Master Q is regarded as “Chinese Superman” by readers. Being humorous, imaginative, indignant to injustice, righteous, adventurous and unbounded, Old Master Q is as good as bad. He upholds traditional Chinese values but struggles amidst Chinese and Western cultures.
Old Master Q has no lack of friends. Apart from Big Dumb, Mr. Chun, Old Chiu, his girlfriend Ms Chan, he has the acquaintance of many female friends, pets, monsters, and even aliens.
Comic Artist: Alphonso Wong and Joseph Wong
Comic artist Alphonso Wong who was originally named Wong Kar Hei, was born in Tianjin. After moving to Hong Kong in 1957, he began drawing comics with pen names including Budding.
In the 1960s he started Old Master Q series under his eldest son’s name Wong Chak. The lively and funny comic has since been readers’ favorite. His eldest son Wong Chak continued his father’s creation. To distinguish the two, readers call (the comic artist) Senior Wong Chak while (the architect) Junior Wong Chak.
Comic Character: Dragon Lord
Works: Dragon Lord
The fire-natured Dragon Lord is a warrior from the heaven responsible for safeguarding the artefact Sky Fixer. The universe lies different beings, including mankind, ghosts, demons, and gods, each of which is governed by its own rules and impenetrable to others.
The Sky Fixer is an artefact maintaining the balance of the universe. He secretly mounts surveillance on every evil power on earth in the human world.
Comic Artist: Khoo Fuk-lung, James
Khoo is one of the top comic artists in Hong Kong. Tons of readers in Southeast Asia are crazy about his publications. In 1992, he set up a publishing company with his friends to publish the hardcover version of Dragon Lord. It made a huge success selling more than 50,000 copies in Hong Kong.
In 1993 he left the publishing company and joined Jademan Comics as art director until 2007, when he founded Lucky Dragon Comics & Animation Ltd. His publications include, Amazing Weapons 4, The 8th Copper Man in Shaolin, Kung Fu, Kill The King.
Comic Character: Shau Sing Chai
Works: Shau Sing Chai
Shau Sing Chai was a character in the 73 Comic Series. Using local Cantonese together with unique character modeling and humorous presentation, the comic was well received by readers.
It is Hong Kong’s first comic that established its fan club and with which figurines and T-shirts were made. Shau Sing Chai is also the first comic open for readers’ contributions, nurturing many comic talents.
Comic Artist: Ricky Chan
The locally born comic artist entered to comic field at the age of 16. He became a comedian master in the comic industry with the release of Shau Sing Chai and Siu Keung Comic Collection. He is known to enjoy good personal network and ready to help bud artists.
Comic Character: On On and Guy Guy
Works: Fake Forensic Science
On On and Guy Guy were created by Siuhak in 2004, inspired by An An and Jia Jia, two giant pandas kept in the Ocean Park. Turning deaf ears to what they don’t want to hear, they make many dialectical jokes. The comic also ridicules the local instant culture, as well as local politics and current affairs.
The two pandas often forget their own names; bearing a resemblance to Hong Kong people in post-handover era who have to recognize their identity.
Comic Artist: Siuhak
Having graduated in BA in Graphic Design (Hons) from the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1996, he freelanced in local illustrations, comics and animations and scriptwriting.
In 2004 he formed a comic group Springrolllll with Craig Au Yeung, Eric So, Yeung Hok Tak and Chi Hoi. From 2004 to 2008 he was a guest tutor in the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and started to compose lyrics for canton pop.
Comic Character: Cloud
Works: Storm Riders
Storm Riders revolves around two fellow disciples, the arrogant Cloud and accommodating Wind. Neither friends nor enemies, they have gone through the turmoil in the underworld and thus joined hands to uphold orthodox moral.
Now a millenary disaster is imminent, and the duo, having received the prophecy telling them what to do, is rising to fight with their lives in an attempt to avoid the havoc once and for all.
Comic Artist: Ma Wing-shing
Ma Wing-shing was locally born in 1961. Having been adoring painting, he started composing and drawing the fame making A Man Called Hero in 1982. By mid-1983, it was the best selling comic in Hong Kong with over 200,000 copies sold locally.
Ma innovated Hong Kong comics by introducing realistic technique, and cinematic expressions, making a far-reaching impact. Ma founded Jonesky Limited in 1989. Storm Warriors, which has been published for 23 years, always tops the selling chart of Hong Kong comics.
He subsequently released many well-known comics including Black Leopard, The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber, Flying Fox of Snowing Mountain etc, securing his leadership in the comic industry.
This comic character, Cloud, deserve more photos. It is very popular, and the pose and detailing is superb.
The famous comic artist, Ma Wing-shing, signed on this! It is the statue of the popular comic character he created, called Cloud.
Where is the Avenue of Comic Stars?
The Avenue of Comic Stars is in Kowloon Park. It is on the east side of the park, nearer to Nathan Road.
There is a map of Kowloon Park at the entrances. Lots of activities inside the park. People jog, there is a swimming complex, and in the early mornings you can enjoy watching people practicing martial arts and tai chi.
Of course, the park will have beautiful flowers for you to appreciate.
Tip: Slow down. Appreciate the pretty flowers.
There are lots of tall trees that look really ancient. The sight is so enchanting. And made all the more charming with the sight of people practicing tai chi.
East side of Kowloon Park, Near Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Visitors can enter by Park Lane Boulevard Entrance of Kowloon Park.
Daily: Monday to Sunday: 5:00 am – 12:00 midnight
How to Get There?
Go To Tsim Sha Tsui Station > Take Exit A1 > walk along the left side of Nathan Road towards Jordan for around 5 minutes.
Or Go To Jordan Station > Take Exit D > walk along the right side of Nathan Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui for around 5 minutes
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