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AR game, webcomics featured at Taipei comics fair

2017/08/10 20:22:49

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) An interactive Augmented Reality (AR) game and webcomics are among the eye-catching offerings at this year's Comic Exhibition, which opened Thursday in Taipei and was inundated with tens of thousands of visitors.

The interactive AR game, called iLandAR, was developed by Taiwanese company ARPlanet Digital Technology Co. and allows users to turn their colorings on paper into fully-animated 4D characters on mobile devices.

ARPlanet worked with the fair organizers to incorporate "Manbo," the official mascot of the event into the game. Visitors can color "Manbo" on a special piece of paper and scan it with a mobile app, to transform it into a 4D character, according to Ben Chan (詹東岳), a product manager at ARPlanet.

"We hope the interactive AR game will give visitors a refreshing experience," said Huang Hsin-chien (黃信謙), head of the Taipei-based Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association, the exhibition's main organizer.


(Visitors coloring Manbo on paper)

(mascot Manbo)

Also on show are South Korean webcomics such as the popular horror comic "Tales of the Unusual," basketball comic "Crossover" and romance comic "That Summer" by webcomic platforms LINE Webtoon, Toptoon and Comico.

Lee Mi-Jeong, a business manager at Korea Manhwa Contents Agency, a South Korean government-funded body that organized the webcomics booth, said her agency is attending the Taipei fair for the first time because it is looking to tap into the local comic market.

"South Korean comics have become popular in China, but they have not received the same amount of attention in Taiwan," she said.

Lee added that her agency is hoping to work with Taiwanese investors to publish more South Korean comics in Taiwan.

(South Korean webtoon)

More than 70 publishers have 620 booths at the fair, which will run until Aug. 14 at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1.

Over 60 graphic artists, authors, voice actors and animation producers from Taiwan and Japan will hold book-signings and other meet-and-greets at the fair, now in its 18th year.

The organizers estimate the five-day fair event could attract more than 500,000 visitors this year, adding that about 110,000 visitors attended the exhibition on Thursday.

(By Christie Chen)