Cartoonist aims to raise green awareness

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 February, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 February, 2001, 12:00am

How did the idea of Pakchoi- Nino come about?

The seed was sown when I read an issue of the New Scientist magazine about genetically modified (GM) foods.

Scanning through the editorial on the pros and cons on GM food, I started to doodle a GM creature.

The original idea was to make Pakchoi-Nino the protagonist of my new novel. It was while working on the story that I decided to do it in comic strips.

What does Pakchoi-Nino mean?

His original name was Pakchoi-Baby. But I wanted the name to have a global flavour, so I changed 'baby' to 'nino', which in Spanish means boy.

What other characters are there in the comic strip?

There are four characters including Pakchoi-Nino.

The Kid is a nine-year-old orphan, kind-hearted, happy and considerate. He is the leader of the school rambling club, who always gets lost on trips. His academic record is mediocre.

After saving the sickly Pakchoi-Nino, he decided to adopt the mutant GM creature from outer space.

Sesame is an old dog, also aged nine. He is the Kid and Pakchoi-Nino's playmate.

Choko is a hen. She is the only thing that the Kid's mother left behind. She is sarcastic and likes to pick on Pakchoi-Nino. More characters will be added in the future.

What message does Pakchoi- Nino convey?

Facts on the environment and pollution, an understanding of family and life from a positive, simple and funny angle.

I firmly believe Hong Kong readers like simple and healthy comics.

What was your objective in creating Pakchoi-Nino?

To brighten one's day, touch the heart, raise awareness and inspire readers. At the same time, I'd like to give readers plenty of room to exercise their own imagination.