Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême, an internationally acclaimed comics fair based in France, will showcase illustrations by two Taiwanese artists who have won inclusion to the festival's coveted Jeunes Talents (Young Talents) competition.
Comic artists Li Yu-chi (李御齊) and Ho Hsueh-yi (何學儀) are among the 20 finalists selected from 400 global submissions vying for the top three spots in the Jeunes Talents competition. The winners will be announced in the festival's opening ceremony on Jan. 28.
Li, who studied architecture at the National Cheng Kung University, works as an urban developer for the Taipei City Government. His shortlisted submission, "Où est Bukun? (Bukun在哪裡？),” is based on aboriginal lore and examines the interactions of urban dwellers and those who remained with the tribe.
Ho, who goes by the pen name of Public Child (大眾兒童), takes a more whimsical, colorful approach to illustration. His shortlisted submission, "Le Voyage (旅行),” was drafted five days before the deadline for submission.
Their works will be displayed in the Jeunes Talents Pavilion at the Angouleme festival, which will run from Jan. 28 through 31, 2016. Four additional talented comic artists - Crystal Kung (水晶孔), Yi Huan (依歡), Yeh Ming-hsuan (葉明軒), and Hambuck (漢寶包) - will be showcased by the Taiwan Pavilion.
Ao Yu-hsiang (敖幼祥), creator of the bestselling "Black Dragon Courtyard (烏龍院)” series and current resident artist at la Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l'image, will also perform alongside French artists and musicians in the Comic Concert segment of the Angouleme festival.
Fellow la Cite resident artist Mickeyman (米奇鰻) will also join the Taiwan Pavilion, bringing the total number of Taiwanese comic artists attending this year to eight talented individuals.
Taiwan Pavilion @ Angouleme