Comic exhibition to open in Taipei; nearly 50 artists


TAIPEI — The annual Taipei Comic Exhibition will open today, featuring graphic artists, voice actors and animation directors from Taiwan and Japan.

The 49 participating Taiwanese and Japanese artists will take part in a number of activities and book-signing events at the fair, which will run through Aug. 20 at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, according to the organizers.

The scale of the exhibition is the largest to date, with close to 70 publishers setting up over 450 booths, said the Taipei-based Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association, the main organizer of the event.

In addition to comic books, the fair will showcase light novels by writers including Yu Wo and Shui Chuan from Taiwan, as well as a special exhibition on Japanese manga artist Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece,” the best-selling manga series in Japanese history.

Last year’s event drew 550,000 visitors, the organizers said.