Hong Konger comic artist Alfonso Wong died on Sunday (Jan 1) at the age of 93.
For those who are not so familiar with Wong, his comic strip Lao Fu Zi, also known as Old Master Q (OMQ), should ring a bell to you.
This comic strip might have been your tool to cheating your way through mandatory silent reading sessions during primary or secondary school. Or perhaps it saved you from boredom during haircuts and time on the toilet.
But however small the role is that Lao Fu Zi played in your life, it would have without doubt have been quite a fun one. ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
Wong is the man behind this comic strip who has gained generations of die-hard fans. His OMQ is invariably imbued with “Ah Q spirit” which often restores positivity through a sense of dry humour.
Just for the sake of it, we bring you 10 of our favourites (*Warning: you may wind up spending hours searching for more and binge-reading them):
Bonus: Old Master Q was done as a live action film in the 1970s.
Wang Sha, one of Singapore’s pioneer local comedians, acted as Mr Funnybone in 1976. According to Lianhe Zaobao, Wang Sha’s rendition of Lao Fu Zi in 我係老夫子 was highly appraised by Alfonso Wong. #sgpride
In the spirit of Lao Fu Zi, here’s a clip from it:
Top photo courtesy of kenmoo