​​Howard Wong is an award nominated writer and creative consultant. His passion for creative content and narrative development has led him to work in animation, comics, high-end collectible toys, intellectual property development, transmedia narratives, mobile & web games,​ marketing and creative content development. His collaborative works in comics have been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award's Gene Day Award, Comic Book Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favourite Graphic Novel, the Ghastly Award for Favourite Horror Anthology. Howard has been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer and received Diamond's Gem of the Month for his creator-owned work.

He can usually be found traveling or eating somewhere on earth. Sometimes both at the same time.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, the Anthology

Thanks to editors Jeff Yang and Keith Chow, I had the fortunate opportunity to be a part of this anthology that is filled with stories inspired by George Takei's life involving different landscapes of cultural diversity, as well as being introduced to artist Yehudi Mercado.

The production time was very fast-paced, but fortunately Yehudi and I were on the same page for the story we wanted to tell. Yehudi and I were able to create wonderful paralleling stories that connect two generations through similar experiences titled, There's Always Tomorrow. Click here if you want to get your own copy.

"This original graphic novel anthology is inspired by the life and legacy of George Takei and is the companion book to the JANM exhibition of the same name. NEW FRONTIERS uses Takei's incredible journey as a launching pad for the imaginations of a breathtaking array of diverse creators — Asian, black, Hispanic and Native American; lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans — to tell original stories about incarceration and exclusion, representation and resistance, the digital world and the struggle in the streets. "

Click here to find out more about the exhibition.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Toronto Comics Anthology Vol.3 is Nominated for a Joe Shuster Award

Toronto Comics Anthology Vol. 3 is nominated for a Joe Shuster Awards' Gene Day Award! So many talented creators involved in this, I'm proud to be among them with a story called Snowblind with Keith Grachow! He's nominated for another Gene Day Award for Saltwater! Congratulations to all the creators, editors and to our fellow nominated comic friends!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Harbour City's Superhero Summer

When they told us that they would be making big posters of Iron Man Experience: Hong Kong Heroes for Harbour City's Marvel Superhero Summer exhitbit, we never imagined they would be doing this:

That is a 4-meter high, 3D version of our cover! On the other side, this:

A 1:1 ratio Iron Man doing his thing. Justice and I were floored. This was way, way beyond what we thought they were going to do. 

Right before the opening of the exhibit, we took a quick shot.

This is an exhibit at Harbour City promoting the Marvel Superhero Summer event at Hong Kong Disneyland using pages from the Iron Man Experience: Hong Kong Heroes comic Justice and I worked on for Marvel and HKDL. Besides the giant 3D cover, they supersized preview pages!

It was great meeting more Hong Kong Marvel fans who didn't know we would be there. We happily signed more Iron Man Experience: Hong Kong Heroes and got to chat with them between the rain. Typical Hong Kong weather with the rain coming and going all day. Even with weather like that we had a fun filled day seeing the exhibit and talking with more media folks about.

Just look at the size of this blown up page!
Tearing through a page of a comic you wrote is surreal.
 They even made some nifty displays for more shutterbug fun.

One of the interviews we did that day.

Wish they took the shot of them checking out the comic. That was a fun moment.

So before we got to our interview with RTHK's Wan Tsz Lung,
we geeked out together with some Marvel heroes.

Hong Kong Disneyland's Superhero Summer Grand Opening

So back in June Justice and I were invited to checkout Hong Kong Disneyland's Superhero Summer Grand Opening! We got to become S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents and enter the Dimensions of Danger, and other MARVELous things they had. They did a fabulous job making you feel like you were walking into the Marvel Universe where you get to see...I don't want to spoil it, but it if you're a fan of Marvel comics or films, you really need to check it out.

Nothing to see here, just Stark's Research Lab.

We also met members of the Hong Kong Marvel Fan Club. After taking photos, they asked us to deface their copies of Iron Man Experience: Hong Kong Heroes, which we were more than happy to oblige. Even in the crazy humid weather their spirits were high. There were many questions about our story and all things Marvel. It's always fun to geek out about the films, Netflix shows, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and of course comics. 

If you ever wonder if there were comic book fans in Hong Kong, you don't need to wonder no more. There are, and they are awesome!

Thanks for all the support!

Meeting awesome members of the Hong Kong Marvel Fan Club at the grand opening of HKDL's Marvel Superhero Summer. Photo: Me (left), C.B. (centre) and Justice (right)

C.B. signing copies of Iron Man Experience: Hong Kong Heroes for Hong Kong Marvel Fan Club members.

Really humbled by the fans asking us to deface their copies.

Justice explaining the madness I put him through with fans.
Justice revealing secrets from the story or him gawking at his own awesome art. You decide.

Writing Iron Man Experience: Hong Kong Heroes

So where was I for the last little while? Working on my first Iron Man comic! What an incredible opportunity and experience it was to be a part of this first exclusive Marvel Comic at Hong Kong Disneyland. Working with both Marvel Comics and Hong Kong Disneyland was amazing. There was so much creative energy, passion and fearlessness from everyone involved!

C.B. Cebulski, Mark Basso and Mark Paniccia, as well as everyone from the Hong Kong Disneyland teams, were all gracious, insightful and all around cool rocking people to me and Justice (the amazing artist). I can't thank them enough! But a special thanks you goes out to C.B. Cebulski for asking Justice and I to be a part of this wild and crazy MARVELous ride!

The story is set in Hong Kong, a city of contrasts that has influenced the backdrop of many stories for good reason, with it's unique blending of the old and new, where progress is built with the foundation of the past. Besides having the story take place in Hong Kong, we were bringing in the incredible Marvel creations of HKDL. They loaded the Iron Man Experience with so much amazing things you'll be geeking out throughout your time there. Researching and figuring how to merge everything into a cohesive world was way too much fun.

Iron Man Experience: Hong Kong Heroes #1 is exclusively available at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Could it get better than this? No, right? Wrong. We were asked to create a new hero from Hong Kong! It didn't take me too long to decide it was going to be a new female hero. I wanted a strong, smart and courageous woman my daughters and other females can look up to, as well as embody the Hong Konger's fearless spirit. As I worked on her background and details of her abilities, as well as the special arm...you'll have to get a copy to find out what that is. After explaining my ideas and sharing the sources of inspiration, Justice killed it with his design! Having worked with him before he accounted for the crazy ideas I had for her. It's unfortunate, but we just couldn't fit them into this story. Like all good ideas though, we're saving them for when we get the chance to expand on her story. One of the amazing things since the debut of the comic are the female Hong Kong fans really digging what we did, and wanting to know more about this new Marvel character. Connecting to people with something you create through comics is an incredible feeling. That energy you get from that inspires you to go back to the keyboard and/or art desk to keep plugging away on the next one.

I'm not going to spoil the story, but let's say you will see many of your favorite heroes doing what they do best against old devious foes, in hopes of stopping them from acquiring a world ending mystical item that was kept in a certain doctor's secret chamber.

I remember local artists here asking me what I liked creating comics with all the work and sleepless nights, all the pushing and refining you put into it. I think the photo below answers all of that. I saw this young boy reading his copy of Iron Man Experience: Hong Kong Heroes repeatedly as he went on and rode the MTR from HKDL with his family. He was scrunching it up, staring at certain panels, flipping back and forth, all the while I watched his expressions change as he went through the story. For all I know, this might be his first comic, which I hope won't be his last.

This to me is why we make comics.

Here's an interview we did with Unwire.hk

Friday, May 26, 2017

TCAF 2017

TCAF crowd
And I was at TCAF (Toronto Comics Arts Festival) to see friends and meet people in person. I think it was funny that so many I knew were either not going or just popping by and ended staying for the better part of the day.

It was great being able to walk around and see it buzzing with people interested in the comic art scene of the city. Such a diverse and amazing crowd!
Moi and Mark Foo at the Hogtown Horror Comics Table

I ended up signing at the Hogtown Horror table, which was great. Got to meet fans in person and the team who I only knew virtually. Thanks to Mark Foo, Nelson De Rocha and Malcom Derikx for being rad! Can't wait to see the next volume of horror come together! If you haven't picked up a copy, head to your local comic shop and ask for one.

I got my kids signed copies of the Olympians series by George O'Conner. He also sketched in them, which they both are very happy about.

It was so weird, but I met a ton of people I wanted to see by bumping into them. It was fantastic catching up with everyone and what they're working on. I still need to have meals with many of you and it will be epic! I also got to catch up with those who I haven't seen in what seems like a decade! All in all, a wonderful time there. Until next year...
Some of the Hogtown Horror Comics Crew, and someone's finger
George O'Conner signing my kids books

Aaron Feldman and Moi waiting for David
Namisato to finish a sketch for Aaron. 
Moi and Chris Cheung