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Manga artists join forces to promote animal rights

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Seven renowned local manga artists will auction their original artworks online from Sept. 12 to Oct. 15 to raise awareness of animal rights in Taiwan, organizers said yesterday.

The Asia Manga Cultural Association and Taiwan Institute of Renewable Energy announced that all profits from the sale will be donated to the Animal Protection of the Republic of China (Taiwan), which will commission the top illustrator for a special comic strip on promoting animal rights.

The participating artists are: Moody, Ching Yi, Yi-Shei Hsiang-lin, Tseng Jian-hua, Huang Yao-jie, Chen Dong-ting and Max Huang.

The charity event is held within the framework of the second National Student Manga Competition, which kicked off Aug. 1 (http://3cc.cc/2008scc). The competition deadline is Oct. 5.

This year, young aspiring artists in elementary school, high school and university students are invited to reflect on the role of animals in Taiwan society.

“[The manga competition] first aims at nurturing young talents,” said Max Huang, chairman of Asia Manga, who noted that Taiwan has been confronted with a decreasing number of Manga artists in recent years.

Manga comics, a Japanese word for their uniquely styled print cartoons, are widely read in Taiwan by people of all ages. The pocket-sized manga books broach on a wide range of subjects, including action-adventure, sports, sentimental romance, science-fiction, historical drama, fantasy, horror, sexuality and business.

“Drawing allows youngsters to express their feelings,” explained famous manga artist Moody.

Indeed, young manga artist Claire Huang used one of her recent comic strips, depicting with good humor the story of the three little pigs, to tell of her interest in animals.

“I like drawing animals because I cannot keep a pet at home,” said the talented 11-year-old girl, who drew the top prize in the first National Student Manga Competition held in 2007.

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 Manga artists join forces to promote animal rights 
Angela Ha, left, a TV host at Taipei-based CTI TV network, tells of her little dog ‘Hsiao Huang’ during her childhood in Kaohsiung, which was illustrated by famous manga artist Moody, right, for an event organized yesterday in Taipei alongside the 2nd National Student Manga Competition. (Dimitri Bruyas, The China Post)

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