August 14, 2019

Fan Expo Canada 2019!

I'll be at Fan Expo Canada with books, stories and a few dad jokes. Find me at P032B. I'll update this post when the floor plan is up. See you there!

June 24, 2019

TCAF 2019 Recap

I didn't get a chance to take a lot of photos at this past TCAF, but I did see a whole lot of people I haven't seen in a while. I must have stood in a few spots for over an hour saying hi and catching up with folks. It's always fun to hear about what everyone is working on and what they have created. So glad I got to see so many of you and apologise for not seeing others.

One of the new fun things I did this year was attending some of the Word Balloon Academy workshops. Picked up a few helpful things and met cool people!

The signing for The Unhappy Little Pig was terrific! Not only because I got to meet new readers of The Unhappy Little Pig, but also an old friend from high school whom I haven't see for many, many moons! I also met a delightful young book reviewer,

The panel I had with  Joey Weiser (Ghost Hog) was a lot of fun. We met for the first time moment before the panel started, so we got to really know each other by doing a panel of how our book came to be. Many young folks in attendance with fun questions.

All in all, this was another amazing TCAF experience all thanks to the TCAF folks and fans! You're all cool rocking people!

June 15, 2019

TCAF interview with True North County Comics

Been a little busy, so I'm playing catch up. I'll be posting my experience at TCAF next week, but before I do that I wanted to share with you the fun interview I had with True North County Comics.

Click here to give it a listen and while you're at it, why not give them a follow to hear more great things from some of your favourite Canadian comic creators.

May 6, 2019

TCAF 2019 + The Unhappy Little Pig

Main Exhibition: Saturday May 11 (9am to 5pm) and Sunday May 12 (10am to 5pm)
Professional Development: Friday May 10
Free To Attend!
Primary Venue: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto

I will be at TCAF (Toronto Comics Art Festival) with my Canadian launch of Adrian Alphona's (Ms. Marvel) and my first children's illustrated book, The Unhappy Little Pig! I will be doing a panel sharing how it came about, signing and giving out free bookmarks! Details below.

Signing Schedule Details:

Dates and Times:
May 11th, Saturday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
May 12th, Sunday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Little Island Signing Area, Toronto Reference Library, 1st Floor, Beeston Auditorium

I will also be doing a panel with Joey Weiser (Ghost Hog) on Saturday (May 11th) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

Panel Schedule Details:

Pigs! Pigs! Pigs!
It's the Year of the Pig! Meet the creators of two exciting new porcine releases, Howard Wong & Adrian Alphona (The Unhappy Little Pig) and Joey Weiser (Ghost Hog), as they talk about how and why they made their recent books. This is one session that definitely won't be a boar!

Date and Time:
May 11th, Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Beeton Auditorium

My Bio:

For details of where some of your favourite writers and artists will click here:

TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place in 2019 at Toronto Reference Library and surrounding venues in the Bloor/Yonge neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. The full program and list of participating creators will be listed at this website, as well as in printed and digital program guides available on-site at the festival.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2019

Main Exhibition: Saturday, May 11 (9am to 5pm) and Sunday, May 12 (10am to 5pm)

Professional Development: Friday, May 10

Free To Attend

Primary Venue: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto

April 25, 2019

Pacific Place's The Style Sheet Celebrates World Book Day

Pacific Place's The Style Sheet in honour of World Book Day asked some of your favourite Hong Kong-connected authors and yours truly to talk about a book that changed their lives.

Click here to find out what books they are and why.

As you explore bookstores and libraries to discover new compelling stories for yourself, why not head to a local comic shop too! Happy reading!

April 5, 2019

Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival 2019 Recap

It was an adventurous two weeks doing talks and workshops at 12 (local and international) schools across Hong Kong with students aged 5 to 17. Being able to share my passion for crafting stories, behind-the-scenes experiences working in different industries, writing techniques I've developed over the years with over 2000 students made it very memorable.

Some fun memories I had with my time with the students from all the different schools were of some asking me fun geeky questions to very thought-provoking ones like the one about how one overcomes adversity, to those about armpit farts (yes, really). There were also a few future artists who shared some of their artwork with me that they did during my talks. There were many more memorable moments that involved Star Wars to a pop singer and Stan Lee

I had a lot of fun doing two workshops at the public event at Lee Gardens 2, where I met many aspiring future authors! Not to mention amazing future illustrators too!

I met the other passionate authors that were at the festival during the fabulous dinners hosted by the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival's board and advisors. We got to learn a little more about each other and the incredible diverse stories of how everyone became an author, their inspirations and other fun things. It is really amazing how different everyone's journey was in becoming an author.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macau, Mr. Jeff Nankivell for sponsoring my trip to the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival. I also had lunch at his residence in my honour for participating in the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival. It was a wonderful lunch where we talked about many things I'm passionate about, which hope to make some of them realized soon. It was my honour to present the Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macau my first Marvel Comic (Iron Man: Hong Kong Heroes #1) and children's illustrated book (The Unhappy Little Pig) I authored with art by Justice Wong and Adrian Alphona respectability.

I also would like to thank the hardworking folks from the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival. They all worked tirelessly to make our time in Hong Kong a smooth and enjoyable one. 

March 24, 2019

SCMP Interview

I was interviewed by South China Morning Post's Andrew Sun, where I was asked about some of the work I've done. Some things to note, I did not write the narrative for the Iron Man Experience attraction but did write the comic with the same name for Marvel Comics.

A freelance creative consultant, Wong was there to discuss storylines for a new robot character. But before that, the agenda included updates on a crossover product line showing Star Wars characters as samurais. As the suits reviewed sales projections and production schedule, the Chinese-Canadian writer noticed something odd in the prototype toys.

“The Stormtroopers had nipples on their armour,” Wong says. “So I asked ‘why do they have nipples?’ The executives paused, then also asked, ‘yeah, why are there nipples on Stormtroopers?’”

Urgent emails flew off to Japan. Responsible adults evaluating management decisions suddenly degenerated into a round table of nerds debating whether Edo-period troops for Darth Vader would have protruding areolas.

You can read the full version here: