Wan Chai is the cradle of Hong Kong’s Ani-com industry. Lee Tung Street, formerly known as Wedding Card Street, was full of printing houses since the 70s. Many comic artists clustered in the area and formed a thriving comics, graphic design, and publishing community. The 80s saw the golden age of Hong Kong comics, especially for the globe-sweeping Kung Fu genre. In their heyday, the most popular one was published in 13 languages. Coming into the digital age, we see a boom in independent Ani-com online, giving Hong Kong Ani-com new momentum. Hong Kong Ani-com, which often reflect the contemporary social situations, is an important icon of regional culture. It is an embodiment of our city’s versatility, agility, energy, and unrelenting creativity.
We are joining hands with Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation to present “#ddSpecial – Hop-on Hop-off”, as #ddHK’s commissioned work in 2019/20. Two trams running on Hong Kong Island and two tram stops in Wan Chai are transformed and decorated with popular comic characters born as early as in the 60s. You are invited to hop on these “amusement rides” and explore the city with us. These widely popular comic characters, which are the memories of different generations, will bring you on a fun-filled journey.