Hong Kong Comics: A History of Manhua
Art Book Review
Most Anime fans know everything about Manga (Japanese comic books), however very few fans know that much about Manhua which is the Hong Kong counterpart to Manga. Like Manga, Manhua covers a wide range of genres. While there are a few good English books on Manga, there hasnt been much coverage of Manhua - however author Wendy Siuyi Wong is off to a good start with this voluminously illustrated book which examines the history of this genre from its beginnings in the early twentieth century to its most influential contemporary practitioners, and in the process traces the origin of a unique Hong Kong style.
Over one thousand color manhua (each with English annotation) introduce the reader to this rich and varied form of Chinese popular culture. Wong examines a wide range of comic types, from political cartoons, to "lighthearted" humor comics, children's stories, and violent kung fu fighting works.
Reviewed by Michael Pinto, Summer 2002