Hong Kong Post’s “Feel 100%” stamps cross visual media


By David Hartwig

Hong Kong Post depicts illustrations and characters from a series of popular Hong Kong comics, Feel 100%, on a set of six stamps and two souvenir sheets issued on September 16.

This comic series created by Hong Kong comic artist Lau Wan-kit revolves around a love story set in Hong Kong, according to the Hong Kong Post.

The original series ran from 1992 to 2007. In 2008, the comic won the gold prize at the second International Manga Award held by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Feel 100% has also been adapted into movies and a TV series, and now, over a decade later, the comic contains a nostalgia factor for people who were young at the time.

Looking at these new stamps, it’s clear to see that nothing was lost in the transition from the comic panel to the smaller space given in the stamps.

Each of the six stamps ($2, $2.60, $3.40, $3.70, $4.90, and $5) feature one or two of the comic book protagonists as brightly colored characters on a black and white background surrounded by a gray frame.

On closer inspection, it’s clear that the images in the background are reproductions of pages from the comic.

Each of the two souvenir sheets contains a single stamp ($10 and $20). The press release explains that the backgrounds of these sheets capture the moments when the story’s male and female protagonists meet.

Andrew Lo designed the stamps and souvenir sheets using Lau Wan-kit’s comic book illustrations. John. Enschede from the Netherlands printed them by lithography. The $20 souvenir sheet also contains what Hong Kong Post describes as “a sandblasted polish and a spot polish.”

The stamps were issued in separate rolls of 25 and small rolls of four.

It’s never easy to revamp a children’s series aimed at an adult audience, regardless of the medium. It’s even harder to get through the media doing this. These stamps do it in a way that will please even the most discerning fan. Those who may be unfamiliar with the series may nonetheless be interested in these stamps as an example of exceptional quality and attention to detail.

For more information, visit hong kong post website.

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