Comic show visitors, revenues hit new highs
CNATAIPEI -- Visitor numbers and revenues both reached new highs at the six-day Taipei Comic Exhibition this year, organizers said yesterday.
August 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Around 582,000 people visited the exhibition, which concluded a day earlier, up from the 556,000 who attended last year, according to Kuei Jung Exhibition Co., one of the organizers.
Revenues at the annual exhibition reached NT$250 million (US$8.33 million), an increase from NT$180 million last year, the company said.
More signing events were held and more limited edition books and products were sold at this year's exhibition, which may be some of the reasons bringing the record number of comic fans to the fair, Roger Kao, secretary-general of the Taipei-based Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association said.
The increase in exhibitors might have also boosted revenues. Over 450 booths were set up at the exhibition this year, up 10 percent from last year, according to the association, the major organizer of the fair.
Kao noted that sales have also increased for products related to comic books by Taiwanese artists, as more of these artists showed up to promote their books at the fair this year.
“It is the first time that the number of Taiwanese artists attending the fair has surpassed the number of Japanese artists,” Kao said.
The fair featured 49 graphic artists, voice actors, animation directors and light novelists from Taiwan and Japan, 25 of whom were from Taiwan.
The exhibition, held at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, sold comic books, novels and a variety of peripherals.