Expo to feature adults-only comics
Adult comics will be featured in the first Comics, Games and Motion Picture Expo but efforts will be made to ensure they do not fall into children's hands.
The exhibition is being staged from December 18-21 at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.
At the Hong Kong book fair at the convention centre last July, more than 1,500 teenagers camped outside overnight to get first pick of publications on sale, with main attractions being Japanese and local comics featuring sex and violence.
Aldrin Monsod, project manager of expo organiser China Promotion Ltd, said the incident would not be repeated.
Mr Monsod said adult comics would be in the same hall as other comics but in a special area accessible by adults only.
'We want to make it as open as possible. Because our event is a comics expo, any kind of comic, even adult comics will be included.' Concerns over copyright infringements in Hong Kong have deterred some games exhibitors from taking part in the expo, Andrew Kay Li-kuen of China Promotion said.
'Some Japanese [computer games manufacturers] said they don't want to come because they will only sell a few but then have their ideas stolen.' Some 29.79 million pirate discs and computer games cartridges were seized up to June, compared with a total of 4.51 million last year.
Sam Ho Wai-hung, director of anti-piracy operations at the Motion Pictures Association, proposed the Government impose 14-day closure orders against shops where pirate goods were seized. Longer prison sentences and heftier fines should also be handed down.