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Artist turns army trauma into laughs in comic book

COMEDIC COUNSELING:The local artist said he was scarred by his compulsory military service, but decided to face his demons by drawing a light-hearted comic

By Chen Yi-ching and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

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“Comics have a strength of their own,” Mimura said, adding that they had always served as a way to lift his spirits if he was feeling sad.

His comic book has elicited a great response from readers, many of whom identify with it because it paints such an accurate picture of what they experienced during service. Mimura said that the “energetic” responses he receives from his readers gives him a great feeling of accomplishment.

Kadokawa Media is planning to debut some of his works by as part of at least 10 serialized comic strips on a Web site dedicated to the work of innovative Taiwanese artists.

The company is investing more than NT$1 million (US$34,100) into the Web site, which is also to feature works by Peng Chieh (彭傑) and ChuN.

The site will also feature a new comic strip every two to three months, starting next year, so more Taiwanese artists have a platform on which they can exhibit their works.

The Web site is planned to have “Like” and “Fail” buttons next to the works, as well as an instant messaging service so that people can give feedback to the artists and discuss the comics.

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