Brazilian artist pens comic about Taiwan

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 04, 2020
By: William Hetherington / Staff writer, with CNA

Brazilian artist Lucas Paixao holds a copy of his book, The Betel Nut Beauty, at a Taipei bookstore in an undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of Yuan-Liou Publishing via CNA

A Brazilian artist who came to Taiwan to study after falling in love with the nation’s movies and music has written a comic book depicting a love story between a soccer player and a betel nut sales girl.

The Betel Nut Beauty (檳榔美少女) is Lucas Paixao’s first serialized work and his first publication, he said.

Paixao first came to Taiwan in 2014 as an exchange student at Taipei National University of the Arts’ School of Fine Arts, he said.

The series showcases his view of unique aspects of Taiwan’s culture, as well as his deep love for comics, critics have said.

Paixao, who was born in Salvador, Brazil, became a fan of Taiwanese all-girl pop group S.H.E when he was 12 years old, which motivated him to learn Mandarin and sparked his interest in Taiwanese culture, especially films and TV dramas.    [FULL  STORY]

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