Manhua: Thirteen Dot Cartoons
A "13-dot" means roughly The Ditz in old Shanghai and Canton slang — which is an apt description to the protagonist of this Hong Kong manhua published between 1966 and the mid 70s. An always cheerful, fashion-crazy girl from an impossibly rich family, 13-dots and her friends go on wacky adventures in each issue. Hilarity Ensues, but everything turns out all right in the end.A total of 178 issues have been published. During her heydays in the late 60s and early 70s, 13-Dot was extremely popular among working-class women in Hong Kong, who lived vicariously the life of the rich and glamorous through their favorite heroine. Factory girls would style their home-made clothes after her. Incidentally, this may be why artist Lee Wei-Chun's attempt to re-launch the comics in the 2000s was a failure: Hong Kong was far wealthier by then; fashion was easy to come by; while girl manga have all but captured the imagination of today's youngsters.
13-Dot Cartoons contains examples of:
- Food Porn — another attraction of the comics.
- Infinite Supplies — 13-Dot and her family get all the coolest things, and clothes.
- Punny Name — The name of 13-Dot's father means "made of money", her mother's "hot for her age". The names of most regular characters are likewise puns.
- Unlimited Wardrobe — the reason why 13-Dot was popular: how unlimited? how about 1,728 outfits in 28 issues, or an average of 62 per issue?