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Featuring over 50 graphic artists, voice actors, and authors from Asia, the 2014 Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival will run at the Taipei World Trade Center's Nangang Exhibition Hall from Feb. 4 through 8.
A total of 26 artists, authors, and voice actors from Japan and 32 from Taiwan will hold 44 book-signings and other fan meetings, according to the show's organizer, the Taipei-based Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association.
Among them are Japanese manga artist Hajime Isayama, best known for his manga series 'Attack on Titan,' and Japanese author Shiki Mizuchi and illustrator Kohada Shimesaba, best known for their light novel series 'Dragonar Academy.'
In addition to meeting their idols, fans can also meet a large Titan head replica from 'Attack on Titan' that will be exhibited at the festival.
Other Japanese artists scheduled to attend are voice actor Kenji Hamada, best known for the manga series 'Kuroko's Basketball,' author Gen Urobuchi of the light novel series 'Fate/Zero,' and author Kazue Kato of the manga series 'Blue Exorcist.'
Voice actor Hiroki Yasumoto and voice actress Yumiko Kobayashi, best known for their work in the dark comedy manga series 'Hozuki no Reitetsu,' will also visitTaipei.
Meanwhile, Chang Sheng, Amuro, Zhi-yi+ZEI+, and Tsai Hung-chung are among the Taiwanese manga artists who will meet their fans at the festival. Several local artists will also participate in a two-day international forum on comics and animation on Feb. 6 and 7.
Dengeki Bunko, a Japanese light novel publisher, will also launch a special exhibition at the festival showcasing illustrations from its popular novels to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Now in its second year, the festival has become a place for artists, authors and representatives from the comics and animation industry in Taiwan, China, Japan, and Hong Kong to meet and share their experiences and interests.
Last year's festival attracted 330,000 visitors and generated NT$130 million in revenue, according to the Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association.
Close to 50 exhibitors will attend the festival this time around. Organizers hope to up the numbers by attracting 400,000 visitors and generating around NT$180 million (US$5.97 million) in revenue.