Taiwan’s pavilion at the four-day Angouleme International Comics Festival in France, one of the largest such fairs in Europe, packed up Jan. 28 after featuring homegrown creators to raise their international profile, according to the Taiwan Creative Content Agency.
The TAICCA-organized pavilion, titled “Island of Creativity,” displayed around 100 comics and paintings, with the pavilion’s main image and decoration spotlighting the creative and diverse energy of Taiwan’s visual artists.
According to the TAICCA, several events were held by the agency in the festival’s main venues such as a copyright promotion activity, a seminar on scriptwriting in Taiwan manga and a live drawing by comic artists. It also cooperated with Mangas.io, a French comics subscription service, to further promote local works, the agency said.
Artists Bliss, Dailygreens, Kathy Lam and Wu Shih-hung appeared at the festival, as did three artists—Eli Lin, Evergreen Yeh and GGDOG—who are in residence at France-based studios, the TAICCA added.
François Chih-chung Wu, head of the Taipei Representative Office in France, said during the pavilion’s opening ceremony that this year’s works demonstrated the artists’ unlimited creativity. Comics are part of Taiwan’s representative culture and are a way to conduct exchanges with other countries, he added.
The annual Angouleme International Comics Festival was first held in 1974 and Taiwan has participated in the event since 2012. The TAICCA said that around 50 works by Taiwan artists have been published in France to date, which has given the country a boost in the neighboring markets of Germany, Italy and Spain. (YCH-E)
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