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Comic award winner calls for trust in next-generation artists

Comic award winner calls for trust in next-generation artists

Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) A publishing executive said upon receiving a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the comic book industry that Taiwan should help foster a new generation of comic artists.
"Comics are a kind of sub-culture in society, but all sub-culture will turn into mainstream culture in the future. We should believe in the younger generation (of comic book artists) and create a healthy environment for them," Michael Huang said in his acceptance speech Aug. 4.
"I already know dozens of young comic artists and I am deeply impressed by their talent," Huang said.
The annual Golden Comics Awards are presented by the Ministry of Culture to recognize original Taiwanese comic works and a new generation of comic book artists in Taiwan.
Huang is the CEO of Sharp Point Publishing Group, a company owned by Cit?Publishing Group. Founded in 1982, Sharp Point is one of the most representative and influential publishers in Taiwan targeting teenage consumers.
For over 30 years, the company has earned its reputation by publishing a large number of comics, magazines and video games.
The Ministry of Culture applauded Huang's contribution by presenting him with the Golden Comics Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Huang has devoted himself to the comic industry for more than 30 years," the ministry said in its citation.
"By introducing and translating foreign comic books to Taiwan, he has provided soil in which local comic artists can grow. Moreover, he has created an online platform to embrace the digital world, which makes him a pioneer in this area," the ministry said.
"There are several factors for a comic company to be successful," Huang said in an interview after the ceremony. "The most important one is cross-industry cooperation, such as producing TV series and staging shows based on comics stories."
While the whole publishing industry is suffering from the impact of digitalization, the comic industry is also struggling, Huang went on.
Only around 1 percent of books are digitalized in Taiwan. With such a low rate, the publishing industry is unlikely to make a difference in the digital age, he continued.
Commenting on the comic market, Huang said that people naturally like to assume that Taiwanese comic companies prefer to expand their business to China due to the huge potential audience across the Taiwan Strait.
Huang challenged that perception, saying that comic book companies should be careful when deciding whether they want to enter the China market.
"If you cannot do well in Taiwan, where the total population is only 23 million, how can you conquer a far bigger market?" he asked. (By Hu Xiangjie)


Updated : 2021-09-27 04:17 GMT+08:00