A wizard rescues a student abducted by ruffians in Japanese-occupied Taipei. Two boys come of age on a fishing trawler in the post-war years only to suffer a traumatic and life-changing loss. The goddess Matsu comes to Earth in the form of a young girl, but doesn't seem to remember who she is anymore. Two students head to a rural mountain village to conduct ethnographic research and sort out their feelings for one another. A would-be pop diva has a second shot at fame. These are just a few of the stories being told with comics in Taiwan today.
Compared to Japanese manga, Taiwanese comics and cartoons (known in Mandarin as manhua) are almost completely unknown in the English-speaking world. Over the last three years, however, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China has sponsored the ground-breaking Books from Taiwan initiative to translate a juried selection of these works into English. Join us to learn more about the wild world of Taiwanese comics!