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Taipei comics, animation festival to kick off in February

2014/01/13 17:00:48

Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) The Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival will kick off Feb. 4, featuring graphic artists, animation directors and voice actors from Japan and Taiwan, organizers said Monday.

The festival, now in its second year, will feature 430 booths manned by 50 exhibitors, as well as 44 book-signing and other publicity events, said Roger Kao, secretary-general of the Taipei-based Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association.

Last year's festival attracted 330,000 visitors and generated NT$130 million (US$4.33 million) in revenues, Kao told CNA.

He estimated that both visitor numbers and revenues will be higher this year, given the larger venue and an increase in the number of exhibitors and book-signing events from last year.

Among the big-name artists and authors who will interact with fans at the festival is Japanese manga artist Hajime Isayama, whose popular manga series "Attack on Titan" has sold over 22 million copies worldwide, according to the association.

Isayama will visit Taiwan for the first time and hold an autograph-signing session Feb. 4.

Japanese author Shiki Mizuchi and illustrator Kohada Shimesaba of the popular light novel series "Dragonar Academy" will also visit Taiwan for the first time and will sign autographs Feb. 6.

The festival will run until Feb. 8 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

(By Christie Chen)