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Large crowds flood international comics festival in Taipei (update)

2015/02/10 19:40:54

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Enthusiastic comic fans poured into the Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival on its opening day Tuesday, eager to snatch up limited edition products.

Swarms of fans were seen lining up at the festival venue early Tuesday morning and rushing to the most popular stalls when the fair opened at 10 a.m.

A total of 96,000 people visited the festival on opening day, similar to the opening day figure of last year and an increase from the 75,000 who attended in 2013, according to the organizer, the Taipei-based Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association.

Some fans had been waiting in line for as long as a month.

Lee Pei-mao (李沛懋), 29, said she spent NT$2,600 (US$82) on a limited edition pillowcase and comforter cover of Japanese anime series "K."

"I like the storyline. It is refreshing and exciting," she said of the anime series, which is about a schoolboy who is caught in a war between seven kings.

[A shooting game stand. CNA photo Feb. 10, 2015]

Ting Huang, who had waited in line since 6 a.m. Tuesday, spent NT$800 on books by Taiwanese light novelists Yu Wo (御我) and Lan Chi Tso Jen (藍旗左衽).

The 16-year-old Huang said she began reading Yu Wo's novels at the age of 9 and was drawn to the author's humor.

[Visitors and their purchase. CNA photo Feb. 10, 2015]

Close to 60 exhibitors are taking part in the festival, now in its third year. Organizers hope that it will attract 400,000 visitors this year.

The festival will run until Feb. 15 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

(By Christie Chen)

[Singer/actress Tia Lee dresses as a mobile game character. CNA photo Feb. 10, 2015]