Taipei’s annual Comic Exhibition 2013 kicked off on August 15 at 10 a.m. at the Taipei World Trade Center. Thousands of visitors had lined up hours earlier to get an early look at the exhibits and merchandise for sale.
It is one of the biggest must-attend events of the year for Asian anime lovers, with last year’s exhibition drawing over 550,000 visitors, according to event organizers. Already a huge business, it just seems to get bigger every year.
Everything seems to be emblazoned with manga characters, and fans snap up everything from stationary to bedding to the latest issues.
For most fans, though, the biggest thrill is getting to meet the artists.
At this year’s event, fans will have a chance to speak with various animation directors, voice actors and graphic artists, 25 from Taiwan and 22 from Japan.
The exhibition has set up over 430 booths this year, and revenues are expected to reach NT$200 million ($6.7 million), and increase from last year’s NT$180 million ($6 million), according to the Taipei Times.
The wildly popular Japanese Pirate-themed series “One Piece” has its own exhibition set up at this year’s event.
Information on the Taipei Comic Exhibition 2013:
Date: August 15-August 20,2013
Place: Taipei World Trade Center, No. 5 Hsin-Yi Road, Sec 5, Taipei, Taiwan 11011, R.O.C.
Time: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily
Admission: NT$120 ($4)