HONG KONG'S KING OF COMICS
Drawing square jaws, ironing board thighs, and cosmic backdrops and influencing generations of comic book artists, Jack Kirby was and still is the King of Comics in America. In Hong Kong, Tony Wong is the king. Making his debut at 13 in 1971, he went on to dominate the Hong Kong industry by writing, illustrating, and publishing the Jademan Comics line of the '80s, which peaked, went public, and died in the stock market crash of 1987. In 1991 Wong was imprisoned for forgery, but upon release he founded Jade Dynasty comics and is doing better than ever. Most recently, he has expanded his audience by illustrating Batman Hong Kong for DC Comics.
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GR: How do you feel about being called Hong Kong's King of Comics? How did you get the title?
TW: I feel real honored to be crowned Hong Kong's King of Comics. I feel a stronger sense of social responsibility to do something for the Hong Kong comic industry. I feel blessed that my work and contribution in the past 30 years has been appreciated and recognized.
GR: You've created so many comic series. Which ones are you most proud of and why?
TW: Dragon and Tiger Heroes is about a group of heroic youngsters. The story mixes martial arts from different countries, but Chinese kung fu is the dominant element. The exciting battles have won the hearts of many fans, and the series is the cornerstone of my comic business' success. The series has been published on a weekly schedule for over 30 years and will soon reach vol. 1500. Story of Weapons of the Gods adopts martial weapons into the main story, and incorporates principles of the Chinese mythology and martial art battles. Itıs been a great success, contributing to the associated product boom that generated manifold business opportunities.
GR: How do you feel about comics as art? Is there a division between high and low art?
TW: There are high and low techniques of art, but there is no definite grading for it. It's a matter of how viewers appreciate, understand, and feel about it. Comics being viewed as an art is definitely very positive.
GR: Did you go to art school or have any mentors?
TW: I didn't attend any art school. I was 6 when my eyes were first riveted to the comic sections in the newspaper. My elder brother inspired me to send my drawings to the publisher.