Taipei international comics festival to feature over 30 artists

Taipei-The Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival will kick off Feb. 1, featuring comic artists, authors and voice actors from Taiwan and Japan.

A total of 38 artists, authors and actors will participate in 34 books signings and other activities at the five-day festival, Roger Kao, secretary-general of the Taipei-based Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association, said Wednesday.

The participants will include Kappei Yamaguchi, a Japanese voice actor best known for his role as Shinichi Kudo, the protagonist in the popular anime series "Detective Conan;" and Japanese voice actress Kaori Nazuka, known for her work in "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion" and "Eureka Seven."

Also taking part will be Japanese light novelists Wataru Watari, who wrote the popular "My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected;" and Dachima Inaka, who wrote the award-winning "Do You Love Your Mother, Whose Normal Attack is a 2-Hit All-Attack Combo?"

The participating Taiwanese will include comic artists Wan Wan, Selena Lin and MAE, and light novelist Yu Wo.

A total of 55 exhibitors will set up 500 booths at the Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival, which will run until Feb. 5 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

"The Japanese pavilion alone will comprise a record 95 booths," Kao told CNA.

He said the fair will also include a mascot section for the first time, featuring popular mascots from Taiwan and Japan.

The festival, now in its sixth year, is expected draw more than 380,000 visitors this year, according to the Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association, which is organizing the event.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council