Comic exhibit draws crowds despite typhoon
The ongoing 2015 Comic Exhibition in Taipei yesterday drew thousands of fair- goers despite Typhoon Soudelor damaging the capital city with strong gusts and torrential rain.
More than 200 people had been waiting since Friday night at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, the venue of the exhibition, the Central News Agency reported.
Bracing themselves against the strong winds and torrential downpours brought by Typhoon Soudelor, fans waited overnight just to be the in the first group of fair- goers to enter the exhibition venue, an annual festival for local comic, anime and manga fans.
According to the organizer, the Taipei- based Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association ( CACPA,
) , it has received complaints from parents of many young teenage fair- goers questioning their decision to continue to run the exhibition yesterday despite the Central Weather Bureau is- suing a land warning for the typhoon.
The CACPA, however, said they decided to do so because many people had been waiting in line for the exhibition for a long time. Some of them had even come from Central and Southern Taiwan and it would be unfair to simply call off the show, it said.
For the safety of fair- goers, the CACPA said it had asked people to stay inside the exhibition hall overnight.
Due to the typhoon, the CACPA said only around 500 to 600 fair- goers entered the exhibition venue in the first batch of visitors yesterday morning.
But more people were coming as weather conditions began to stabilize after noon yesterday.
A 15- year- old student, surnamed Chuang, told the Central News Agency that he decided to visit the exhibition yesterday because there would be fewer fairgoers due to the weather.
Another fair- goer, surnamed Lee, said he came all the way from Chiayi to Taipei for the show and would not change his schedule just because of the typhoon.
Many of those fair-goers were visiting the exhibition yesterday to join the autograph session of Ayako Kawasumi ( ), a popular Japanese voice actress and J-pop singer.
It marked the first time in 15 years that Kawasumi has visited Taipei, the organizer said.
According to the CACPA, a record high 18,100 fair-goers visited the exhibition on Thursday and Friday, the first two days of the six-day event, which will run until Aug. 11.
A total of 610 booths by 71 publishers, up 15 percent yearon-year, are expected to host over 600,000 visitors during the six-day event, generating sales topping NT$260 million, it said.
Highlights of this year’s show include 34 book signing events and assorted events by around 50 animators, authors, graphic artists and voice actors from both Taiwan and Japan, it added.
(Right) Ayako Kwasumi ( ), the voice actor for the main heroine Saber in the franchise “Fate/Stay night,” is seen with an actress dressed as Saber at the 2015 Comic Exhibition, yesterday.
(Above) Comic and anime fans arrive at the 2015 Comic Exhibition in Taipei, yesterday, despite Typhoon Soudelor causing damage to the capital city with strong winds and torrential rain. The annual event, currently being held at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, will run until Tuesday, Aug. 11.