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Taiwanese comic artists to attend festival in France

2012/02/06 19:40:14

Paris, Feb. 5 (CNA) Taiwanese comic artists will exhibit their works later this month at a comics festival in Paris featuring Asian comics and a screening of the Taiwanese hit film "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale."

The group of Taiwan artists, including Chiu Ruo-lung, Chen Hung-yao, and Lee Lung-chieh, and their counterparts from Japan, South Korea and China will attend the Planete Manga festival starting Feb. 11 at the Pompidou Centre, one of the world's top modern art museums.

Chiu, the artistic director of the film about the uprising of the aboriginal Sediq against Japanese rule in 1930, will showcase his "Seediq Bale" comic at the show.

The comic book, which won an award for its artwork at the International Festival of Comics of Algeria last October, is the first comic book in Taiwan to depict the historic event.

Chiu, who also participated in France's Angouleme International Comics Festival last month, said at the festival that the event broadened his views about the different themes that can be explored in comics.

Taiwan's comics are mostly designed for children and adolescents, whereas there are various genres in France, Chiu told CNA at the festival, which drew more than 220,000 visitors this year.

"There is a huge readership of comic books in France," Chiu added.

Echoing Chiu's views is another participant of the annual festival in Angouleme, Huang Chia-li, who is known for her works for teenage girls.

"Comic books for girls in Taiwan are mostly focused on romance, while artists from other parts of the world open themselves up to a wide array of possibilities," said Huang.

Huang added that the festival kept her attuned to the latest trends in the comics industry, which is of great help to future creation.

Among the entries at the festival that can best exemplify the wide range of themes explored in the West are two journalistic works.

Guy Delisle's "Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City," which won the main prize at the French festival, sheds light on the problems facing Jerusalem from the perspectives of politics and history.

Another work worthy of notice is Christophe Blain's "Quai d'Orsay," a two-part comic book about a former French foreign affairs official.

The Planete Manga festival, which runs through May 27, features a library with over 2,500 comic books, writing workshops, meetings with authors, film projections and a cosplay event.

(By Luo Yuan-shao and Scully Hsiao)