Two emerging comic artists will join the annual MoCCA Fest this April to elevate the international visibility of Taiwanese comics and graphic novels at Manhattan's largest independent comics, cartoon, and animation festival.
Kaohsiung native 61Chi (劉宜其) is an accomplished artist who has recently completely the 2016-2017 residency program at la Maison des Auteurs in the French region of Angouleme, host city of the Angouleme International Comics Festival.
The 28-year-old published her own calendars, messenger bags, and washi tape rolls before coming to fame in 2007. She has since released more than a dozen illustrated books and comics. More information can be found on her blog (http://61chi.weebly.com/blog) and Instagram (@61Chi).
Taipei resident Crystal Kung (水晶孔) is a graphic artist who has recently branched out to experiment on character design and visual development for animation films. Her retro aesthetics and sleek colorings have won her quite an overseas following.
The 23-year-old is regularly featured by tablet maker Wacom and has represented Taiwan several times at Angouleme as well. More of her artwork can be found on Tumblr (http://crystalkung.tumblr.com) and Instagram (@crystaleatsyourbrain).
Apart from displaying their works and greeting festival-goers on April 1 and 2, 31Chi and Kung will also hold a free comics workshop and share some of their illustration techniques in a live-drawing session on April 3.
Please note that the comics workshop is a separate event co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and the New York Public Library.
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