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Taiwanese comic artists attend French festival

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 04 March 2015

Seven Taiwanese comic artists recently attended France's largest comic book festival to promote their works in Europe and meet local readers.


The Angoulême International Comics Festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, took take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1.


The seven Taiwanese artists who attended the Angoulême International Comics Festival were Chang Sheng, Li Lung-chieh, Kiya Chang, Iron, Sean Chuang, Ah Tui and Chen Pei-hsiu, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Culture.


A Taiwan pavilion at Europe's second-largest comics showcase featured over 300 publications from around two dozen publishers, headlined with the catchphrase "The Strangers in Formosa" to show the diversity of culture in Taiwan, Aho Huang, curator of the pavilion and editor-in-chief of Dala Publishing Co., said.


Six of the artists have created short comics inspired by the prompt "people from another land" to be displayed at the pavilion, he said.


The works included two sci-fi comics that explore humanity's curiosity toward foreign lands; two comics that recreated historic battles; a comic about the story of a Scottish tea vendor in Taiwan; and one about a Frenchman who spends a Lunar New Year with his wife's family in rural Taiwan.


Chang Sheng, an award-winning artist, said his sci-fi comic about shooting a paper airplane into space was inspired by his musings on what it would take to keep a paper plane in the air.


He said the work focuses on human beings leaving behind their homeland to explore.


"The paper plane represents that hope and dream," he said.


Hsin-hsuan Tsai (thh@taitra.org.tw)
Source: Focus Taiwan
Photo Credit: Angouleme 2015 Taiwan


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