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Government sets up Web site to promote Taiwanese comics

COME TOGETHER:The GIO Web site tries to bring together comic-related resources and Taiwanese comic book artists who traditionally work alone

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Government Information Office (GIO) launched a Web site on Thursday to help promote the nation’s comic books, while also creating a platform for illustrators, comic book artists and readers to share information.

The Web site includes sections on the history of Taiwanese comics, news on local and foreign comics, and newly published comic books. It also has a discussion forum and a section that introduces local comic book artists.

Artists can now post their work on the Web site and interact with readers, Government Information Office Minister Philip Yang (楊永明) said at the official launch of the Web site in Taipei.

“Comics are not just a form of entertainment,” Yang said, adding that they are part of Taiwan’s soft power and can be used to enhance the country’s international image.

The Web site brings together comic book-related resources and seeks to create a community for Taiwanese comic book artists who have traditionally worked alone, Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association chairman Texi Hsia (夏中惠) said.

A group of Taiwanese comic book fans attended the event, dressed as their favorite comic book characters.

One of the fans, a 30-year-old Taiwanese identified as Bella, praised the government for establishing the Web site.

“This helps promote Taiwan’s outstanding comic book artists who may not yet be well-known,” Bella said.

She suggested the Web site would be even better if the government sought out less well-known comic book artists and promoted their work.

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