Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Taiwan's largest annual comics exposition will kick off in Taipei next month, in which around 34 graphic artists from Taiwan, China and Japan, along with the voice cast of popular animations, will meet with local manga lovers, the organizers said Monday.
The artists and voice actors will sign autographs and engage with their fans at the annual manga gala, organized by the Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association and various publishers.
Satoshi Hino and Atsushi Abe, who provide the voices for "Bakuman," a story about two junior high school students who aspire to become top manga artists, have been invited to Taiwan for the first time. Sayaka Ohara, a voice actress for "Fairy Tail," an adventure story about wizards from rival guilds, will also participate.
Shibashi Hiroshi, author of "Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan," a story about a man who is part human, part demon, who struggles with his double identity and fights his way to lead a clan of demons, will also attend the show to sign autographs.
The manga recorded sales of 11 million shortly after it was launched in Japan in 2008, has twice been adapted for TV, and has spawned video games.
Hattori Mitsuru, who wrote and illustrated "Sankarea," a romantic comedy popular in Japan about a male student with a zombie obsession, has also been invited to attend.
The event, now in its 13th year, will run Aug. 9-14 at the Taipei World Trade Center.
(By Cheng Ching-wen and Scully Hsiao)