TWTC comic exhibition attracts costumed fans

Staff Writer, with CNA

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 - Page 2

MRT patrons might be confused this week, thinking that Halloween has come early because of the large number of passengers dressed in costumes. However, they haven’t lost track of time, it is simply that the 12th Comic Exhibition opened yesterday at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC).

It promises to bring comic book lovers and cosplay enthusiasts together for an extravaganza of make-believe for kids and adults alike. Fans lined up outside the TWTC for opening day.

More than 550,000 people are expected to attend the six-day event, Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association secretary--general Roger Kao (高世椿) said.

Archer Yuan Shu-chi (袁叔琪), who will represent Taiwan at the Olympic Games in London next year, attended the exhibition in full costume to promote the event.

A total of 357 booths have been set up by 70 companies and 26 foreign comic book artists and voice actors will be on hand. Twenty-eight Taiwanese authors will also attend the fair, Kao said.

A total of 38 signing sessions and sideline events will be held to help fans meet their idols, Kao said.

Tongli Publishing Co said Fujishima Kousuke, the Japanese author of the popular series Oh My Goddess, will sign autographs for 100 fans tomorrow.

Sharp Point Publishing Group said it had 250 promotional sets for a new animated film about friendship that opens in Japan next month, but they sold out within 18 minutes of going on sale.