13 August 2019

- Independent project

Hong Kong illustrated

A series of journalistic comics about the protests

Hong Kong protest illustrated banner
The "Bauhinia", the flower on the flag of Hong Kong, protected by the same tool the protesters use to shield themselves from the police's tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons: an umbrella.

About the project

Since June, 2019, Hong Kong has been the site of mass demonstrations against an encroaching influence of mainland China. The developments happened quickly and were complex. Most of the English-language news I read was either too short, a headline with little context, or too long, delving more deeply into the details than most would have time for to read.

I decided to make it easier for a casual audience to follow along by creating a series of short comics that would explain some of the key context and developments, based on the aggregation of Western news and English-language news from Hong Kong.

Scroll down to read the comics, or for the latest updates, check them out on Twitter.

Twitter megaphone

I posted these comics to my personal social media accounts and it got picked up especially on Twitter. As of this writing (September 30th, 2019), the comics reached a combined total of almost 200.000 people, of which 3881 through facebook, 4020 through instagram, and 185.854 through twitter.

Hong Kong comic tweets
Hong Kong comic tweets

I have been able to continue this independent project for nearly two months in big part thanks to the donations I received from some of these very generous viewers. If you would also like to support this project with a donation, please follow this link.

1. The extradition bill and why the protests started

Hong Kong extradition bill comic 1
Hong Kong extradition bill comic 2
Hong Kong extradition bill comic 3
Hong Kong extradition bill comic 4

2. The protests by the number and how the relations between the public and the authorities have deteriorated

Hong Kong statistics police violence comic 1
Hong Kong statistics police violence comic 2
Hong Kong statistics police violence comic 3
Hong Kong statistics police violence comic 4

3. The "Hong Kong Way" and the diversity of the people supporting the protests

Hong Kong way diversity comic 1
Hong Kong way diversity comic 2
Hong Kong way diversity comic 3
Hong Kong way diversity comic 4

4. A look at "White Terror" happening in Hong Kong and the risks of the Emergency Regulations Ordinance

Hong Kong white terror comic 1
Hong Kong white terror comic 2
Hong Kong white terror comic 3
Hong Kong white terror comic 4

5. Symbolic forms of protest that are keeping the movement going past its 100 day mark

Hong Kong symbolic protest comic 1
Hong Kong symbolic protest comic 2
Hong Kong symbolic protest comic 3
Hong Kong symbolic protest comic 4

5.1 The constant clean-up and reinstallment cycle of "Lennon Walls"

Hong Kong lennon wall clean-up

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