Comic ex­hibit draws crowds de­spite typhoon

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

Au­to­graph Ses­sion

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.

CNA

(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.

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