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Comic artists headed for festival in France

TRAVEL THEME:Seven Taiwanese comic artists have a display about travel at the four-day festival, which has seen a surge in interest in Chinese-language comics

Staff writer, with CNA

Comic artists show their work in Taipei yesterday before their trip to the Angouleme International Comic Festival in France.

Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

The work of seven Taiwanese catoonists will be displayed at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 to showcase the diversity of Taiwanese graphic art and its increasing popularity, the local curator said yesterday.

The Taiwanese display will share the artists’ feelings about travel and introduce Taiwan to visitors, curator Aho Huang (黃健和) said.

The Taiwanese delegation, which is comprised of the artists, culture ministry officials and experts on copyright, will seek opportunities to network with foreign publishers, Huang said.

“Hopefully, the Taiwanese artists can take advantage of the opportunity to meet the global comic community as well,” Huang added.

One of the featured artists said he was looking forward to the experience.

“Comics have become a part of my life that I cannot live without,” an artist who goes by the name Cory said. “I’m excited about the trip.”

With an expanded section this year for Asian comics, mainly from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, the largest comic festival in Europe is hoping to help Western visitors gain a better understanding of the art form in East Asia.

In the festival’s program, the term manhwa, which means comics in Mandarin, has been used in recognition of the growing presence of Chinese-language comics.

The festival, which attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year, is expected to draw the participation of thousands of comic artists from around the world this year.

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