Artwork by Liu Hsing-chin

Liu Hsing-chin is one of Taiwan's foremost cartoonists, as well as an inventor. Generations of Taiwanese have grown up with 'Ah-san' (a character modeled after himself), 'Big Auntie' (modeled after his mother) , 'Robot', 'Whiz Kid' and his other well-known characters. Liu had an adventurous childhood in Hsinchu's Dashang Hakka village, that has fueled his creativity and inspired his work. He was educated at a Taipei art school and started to draw comics in 1954.

His works are mostly filled in simple family farm life. Liu is also a renown inventor of such items as the mechanical pencil, the extendable umbrella cover and hot and cold water faucet. He owns up to 140 patents. Because of his work for the Taiwanese society and culture, he has received numerous prestigious awards in Taiwan and abroad.

He moved to the United States in 1991 and founded the Auntie Creative Schools in San Francisco to teach Chinese children their mother language. A Liu Hsing-chin Comic Museum is located in a disused former railway administration building in Hsinchu County since 2005 and features the comics and inventions of this master comic book creator.

Artwork by Liu Hsing-chin

Last updated: 2013-08-23

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