The ninth Taiwan Pavilion at Europe's largest comic fair, the three-day Angouleme International Comics Festival in France, is set to get underway Jan. 30 as part of government efforts to raise local creators' international profiles, according to the Ministry of Culture Jan. 15.
The MOC-organized pavilion�titled Passion of Taiwan Comics�spotlights the creative energy of a new generation of local graphic novelists.
According to the ministry, the display will be split into three sections highlighting the country's comic artists, publishers and the previous eight years of Taiwan Pavilion.
Local artists scheduled to appear at the event include Monday Recover, Anima, Gao Yan, Wu Yu-shi, Liu Chien-fan and Jellybug, as well as three residents at France-based comic studios�Stellina Chen, Penpoint and NIN.
Chen Ying-fang, head of the MOC's Department of Humanities and Publications, said Taiwan's participation in the festival provides a platform for the country's comic artists to show their talent. It is also a chance for them to introduce their works to new audiences, she added.
The annual Angouleme International Comics Festival was first held in 1974. It features competitions, exhibitions and trade shows for comic artists and publishers, attracting more than 200,000 visitors each year.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)