The annual New York MoCCA Arts Festival will take place at the "Metropolitan West" in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, on April 1st and 2nd. This exhibition features independent comics, and cartoon artists. The Taipei Cultural Center is delighted to present two emerging comic artists, 61Chi and Crystal KUNG in the festival with the hope of elevating the international visibility of Taiwanese comics and graphic novels in the US. MoCCA Arts Festival Information:
Venue: Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th Street), Taipei Cultural Center Booth: G230
Date: April 1-2, 2017, 11am to 6pm
Organizer: Society of Illustrators
Website: https://www.societyillustrators.org/mocca-arts-festivalComics Workshop Information:
This workshop is co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center and the New York Public Library. Artists 61Chi and Crystal KUNG will present living drawing. This workshop is free and open to the public.
Date: April 3rd, 2017, 6:30pm to 8pm
Venue: Co-Lab Room, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Avenue)About the Comics Artists:61Chi
61Chi was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1988. In 2007, she published her first Doujinshi illustration book and has so far published more than a dozen books. In 2014, her first comic work “ROOM” with Dala Publishing company marked the beginning of her career as a professional comic artist. “ROOM” was selected in 2015 TIBE Book Prize and won 2015 International MANGA Award of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. In addition to comics, her career also includes graphic design and illustration.
Awards and Exhibitions:
2016 Artist-in-Residence from Taiwan for Egon Schiele Art Centrum
2016 Comic Artist-in-Residence from Taiwan for Angoulême International Comics and Images City
2015 "ROOM" awarded Silver Award of the Eighth International MANGA Award of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
2012, 2014 representative comics artists at the Taiwan Pavilion of the Angoulême International Comics FestivalCrystal Kung
Crystal Kung is a young comic talent from Taiwan. She grew up in Taipei and graduated from Department of Communications Design of Taipei Shih Chien University in 2016. Besides comic and illustration, Crystal also focuses on character design and visual development for animation films. In 2016, she launched her first graphic novel ”The Little Drifter“, which will also be published as FRENCE and Italian editions this year. Crystal Kung currently is studying character animation at CalArts in LA.
2016 representative comic artist at the Taiwan Pavilion of the Angoulême International Comics Festival
2016 Character Designer and Visual Development artist for TV series “GO GO GIWAS”
2016 Column Artist at Vogue Taiwan
2015 Featured Artist of Wacom Global Promotion Campaign “Create More”