Paris, Taiwanese graphic artist Jao Yu-an won third place Thursday at the prestigious AngoulA�me 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 AngoulA�me, 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 and Lin Chien-yu 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 Chen Jian Kuang Hsia-chia and Ou Ling
According to the organizers, the AngoulA�me 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.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel