Visitors to this year’s Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) are in for a culinary as well as a literary treat at the fair’s “Animation and Comics Zone.”
The fair, which takes place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4 at the Taipei World Trade Center, will open with an “Original Creation Street Plaza” (動漫原創大街) that recreates stores and scenes from popular comics.
Three Japanese comic series will be featured; Late-Night Diner (深夜食堂) by Abe Yaro, Ristorante Paradiso (天堂餐館) by Ono Natsume and Yumeiro Patissiere (夢色蛋糕師) by Matsumoto Natsumi, organizers said.
“The Japanese manga series Late-Night Diner has been very popular here in recent years, taking the No. 1 spot on KingStone Bookstore’s 2012’s best-sellers list,” said Hsia Juo-yun (夏若雲), the main organizer of TIBE’s “Animation and Comics Zone.”
“Therefore we have invited Master Chef A-wei to this year’s exhibition, to prepare dishes featured in Late-Night Diner, including Dashi-Maki (玉子燒), ‘cat’s rice meal’ (貓飯), ‘red sausages’ and other treats for fans to get a real taste,” she said.
Taiwanese cartoon and clay figurine animations will also be on show, including the popular DNA X Cat (九藏喵窩) series and Dream-Walk to the Zoo (夢遊動物園) by comic author Wang Teng-yu (王登鈺), she said.
“There will also be virtual reality booths for visitors to walk through and experience the world of cartoon animation,” Hsia said.
As well as Taiwanese writers who will be at the fair to meet their fans, such as Giddens Ko (九把刀), Hu Hsuan (護玄) and Chen Wen-hsuan (陳玟瑄), who writes under the pseudonym Yu Wo (御我), Japanese science-fiction illustration master Kaida Yuji and Kato Naoyuki, illustrator for the science-fiction novel series Legend of the Galactic Heroes (銀河英雄傳說), along with Manga master Nishikawa Shinji, are also scheduled to appear at this year’s TIBE, organizers said.