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Taiwanese artist takes third place in French comic festival

2019/01/25 20:14:02

Jao Yu-an (饒予安)

Paris, Jan. 25 (CNA) Taiwanese graphic artist Jao Yu-an (饒予安) won third place Thursday at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival, an annual event that has been held in France since 1974.

Jao, who entered the festival's "Draw Me Comics" contest, was credited for her work, titled "The First Vote of Love," which touches on the subject of same-sex marriage and equality in Taiwan.

According to Jao, her winning work was inspired by Taiwan's recent same-sex marriage referendum.

At the award ceremony held in Angoulême, the artist told CNA that she cares greatly about the issue and that she finds putting down her opinions in drawing is much easier than writing.

"As an artist, I'm glad my voice can be heard," she said.

The 2019 festival also saw the participation of other Taiwanese artists, including Chen Pei-hsiu (陳沛珛) and Lin Chien-yu (林倩羽), both of whom were the only two Asian artists among the 20 finalists in the festival's "Young Talent Competition."

Chen was selected for her work "Long Queues Everywhere," which pokes fun at the practice of waiting in long lines, while Lin earned her nomination with the piece "Creation" that centers on a comic artist looking for inspiration.

This year also marked the eighth time the Taiwan Pavilion has been showcased at the event, which displayed works by renowned Taiwanese illustrators Li Lung-chieh (李隆杰), Chen Jian (陳繭), Kuang Hsia-chia (廣下嘉) and Ou Ling (毆泠).

According to the organizers, the Angoulême International Comics Festival is currently the second-largest comic festival in Europe after the Lucca Comics and Games in Italy.

The event, which kicked off Thursday, features competitions, exhibitions and trade shows for comic artists and publishers and will run through Sunday.

(By Tzeng Yi-shiuan and Ko Lin)