If you want to ask which comic strip in Chinese history has never died out, has been on the comic sales ladder for a long time, and has became a part of the international Chinese society, undoubtedly it is Alfonso Wong’s “Old Master Q”.
Every once in a while I’ll post about Alfonso Wong’s Old Master Q. No real reason other than to maybe draw in comics fans that are looking for something other than US comics or manga.
First published as a strip in 1962, Old Master Q has been on the big and small screen, as well as on the stage:
What would Old Master Q look like on the big screen? Since the 1960’s, “Old Master Q” has been made into 4 Cantonese and 2 Mandarin cartoon animations, TV series and plays. In 2000 Tsui Hark’s Film Workship used “Old Master Q” as the movie’s theme, producing a live-action movie with 3D cartoon characters. The laughter was endless because of the cameo appearance of the comic’s 76 year old creator Alfonso Wong.
Old Master Q has enjoyed popularity throughout Asia and as you can see from this example below and from the dailies at the website, like a number of far eastern and south-east asian comics there’s far less emphasis on text-driven storytelling.
The difference between what I’m calling text-driven narratives and image/dance-driven narratives will be one of the major focuses here at Mae Mai since the climate seems to be rife for it given the so-called “manga invasion” and all the discussions regarding it on the net.
“The Grammar of Manga” Matt Thorn, April 2005
Image [&] Narrative Online Magazine of the Visual Narrative
“Manga story-telling/showing” Aarnoud Rommens, August 2000
Matt Thorn’s website