The Ministry of Culture will help sponsor seven Taiwanese comic artists to participate in the 41st Angouleme International Comics Festival in France, where the delegation will help promote the growing diversity of Taiwanese graphic arts.
The seven artists go by the pen names of 61Chi, Kinono, Cory (顆粒), Jason Chien (簡嘉誠), Sean Chuang (小莊), Chang Shih-hsin (章世炘), and Yeh Yu-tung (葉羽桐).
Under the theme 'Travel with Comics,' the Taiwan Pavilion will run from Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 in the southern French city of Angouleme, and the displayed works will focus on the artists' sentiments on traveling as well as introduce Taiwan as a potential sightseeing spot.
Comprising of comic artists, cultural officials, and local experts on copyrights, the Taiwanese delegation will seek opportunities to network with foreign publishers, according to curator Aho Huang.
'Hopefully the Taiwanese artists would take advantage of the opportunity to meet the global comic community as well,' Huang said.
One of the featured artists said she was looking forward to the experience.
'Comics have become part of my life that I cannot live without,' said Cory, the 31-year-old female winner of the 2013 Golden Butterfly Awards. 'I'm excited about the trip.'
With an expanded section this year for comics from Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea, the largest comic festival in Europe is hoping to help western visitors gain a better understanding of the art form in Asia.
In the festival's program, the term 'manhwa,' which means comics in Mandarin, has been used in recognition of the growing presence of Chinese-language comics.
The festival attracts over 300,000 visitors each year. Last year's Taiwanese delegation consisted of artists Lin Min-xuan (林珉萱), Nicky Li (李崇萍), M2 (艾姆兔), Chou Hsien-tsung (周顯宗), Ah Tui (阿推), Chang Sheng (常勝), and Chiyou (蚩尤).
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