Major Copyright Transactions Complement Success of Tea-inspired Events

Feature Comic Artist Kiya Chang’s Signing Event has attracted the interest of Korean and German publishers and a lot of cosplayers.


Major Copyright Transactions Complement Success of Tea-inspired Events 

The Taiwan Pavilion hosted its inaugural outdoor event this year, which was warmly received by the book fair's visitors at a less than 10 °C temperature. Long lines were formed just to meet Kiya Chang, whose comic book about the Scottish merchant John Dodd and mainland Chinese comprador Chun-Sheng Li—who helped introduce Taiwan's Oolong tea to Europe—has won enthusiastic response from the European readers.


Born into a tea-farming family, Chang rose to fame with her debut Formosa Oolong Tea. The book relates how Oolong tea became a worldwide brand while depicting in vivid detail the cultural and natural landscape of the19th-century Taiwan. Japanese digital copyright for the comics was acquired by Tatsuki Hirayanagi of Digital Catapult Inc., who showed his support of the talented author by attending the autograph session. The meetup later resumed inside the pavilion, drawing an even larger crowd of cosplayers.


Chang is scheduled to publish a sequel, Formosa Oolong Tea II, in late October. The event has attracted the interest of Korean and German publishers, who are expected to seal the deal after the book fair.


Another feature writer Chung-Mao Hsu also launched his new book Once Upon a Time at the Taiwan Pavilion on Oct. 16. By staging a slideshow, Hsu introduced the readers to the images of the mid-20th-century Taiwan captured by American pastor Barry L. Schuttler, collected in the new book. Together with deluxe book designs by Pao-Chin Huang, they demonstrate a new possibility for high-quality print publications in the digital era.



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