With the Angoulême International Comics Festivalreturning for its 44th edition this year, the Ministry of Culture will lead Taiwanese cartoonists and publishers to promote Taiwan-made comics in France from Jan. 26 through 29.
This year, the Taiwan Pavilion will feature artists with various styles, including four award-winning cartoonists You Gui-xiu (游圭秀), Zuo Hsuan (左萱), Chen Wen-sheng (陳穩升), and Adoor Yeh (阿多), and Angoulême artists-in-residence 61Chi (劉宜其) and Chen Pei-hsiu (陳沛珛).
Wei Chin (覃偉), who is currently studying at the School of Comics of L'iconograf, has been nominated for the Prize for the Young Talent (Concours des Jeunes Talents) this year. As the first Taiwanese artist to become a finalist at the competition, his works will also be showcased by the festival.
Under the banner "Taiwan Comics Apartment: The Base of Dreams,” which was designed by Chen Pei-hsiu, the Taiwan Pavilion will welcome visitors to learn more about Taiwanese comics by walking into an "apartment” where cartoonists read, create, and relax.
A digital section will present several original works and products by aniComic (微動創意股份有限公司), a digital platform that provides mobile-based services for comic readers, to create more opportunities in cross-sector applications.
In addition, 61Chi will join the Comic Concert (Concerts de dessins), where she will be joining other cartoonists to improvise in a theater play accompanied by live bands. Last year, Taiwan was represented at the concert by renowned comic artist Ao Yu-hsiang (敖幼祥).
Deng Mei-rong (鄧美容), deputy director-general of the Ministry of Culture's Department of Humanities and Publications, noted that Taiwanese comics have successfully entered the global market by striking several licensing agreements with other countries since 2012.
Comics such as "Seediq Bale (漫畫巴萊)” by Chiu Row-long (邱若龍); "80s Diary in Taiwan” and "The Window (窗)” by Sean Chuang (小莊); "The Disobedient Stone (不安分的石頭)” by Ahn Zhe (安哲); "The Worst Europe Trip (最劣歐洲遊記)” by Mickeyman (米奇鰻); and "The Little Drifter (流浪小孩)” by Crystal Kung (水晶孔) have all received licensing offers from European countries, added Deng.
As promoting Taiwan's comics industry is an important national policy, the Ministry of Culture will continue to help foster professionals, market Taiwan comics, and promote international exchange and collaboration to strengthen Taiwan's comics scene.
‘Angoulême International Comics Festival'
From left to right: award-winning cartoonists Zuo Hsuan (左萱), You Gui-xiu (游圭秀), and Adoor Yeh (阿多), Deputy General-Director Deng Mei-rong (鄧美容), and artist Chen Wen-sheng (陳穩升).