Comic artist Alfonso Wong Kar Hei, who created the beloved Lao Fu Zi or Old Master Q comic series, has died, reported the Apple Daily and NetEase websites.
The Tianjin, China-born artist died on Jan 1 in the United States, said NetEase.
He died from natural causes, according to a statement released by OMQ ZMedia, the company that promotes and markets the Old Master Q comics and quoted by the website of Taiwan News. Apple Daily reported that Wong was 93 years old while NetEase put his age at 92.
Wong, who moved to Hong Kong in 1956, has said: “My life is like comic strips, and I do my best to make Old Master Q, that is myself, to play the fool and entertain readers.”
In 1962, Wong used his oldest son’s name as a nom de plume to create the Old Master Q (Lao Fu Zi in Chinese) series, which appeared in newspapers and magazines.
Hong Kong people and fans abroad grew up reading the comic, which featured a cast starring Old Master Q, a mischievous, elderly and bespectacled man dressed in traditional Chinese attire.
The other regulars in the strip include Big Potato, Mr Chin and Miss Chan. – Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network