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Manga Convention at TWTC Hall 2

Well, the curtains have finally dropped on this year’s manga convention. Scheduled for August 13-18, the 6-day long event proved to be a disappointment, in my honest opinion.

In the past, one of the things maniac participants like me look forward to is the autograph sessions. Basically, among the troop of manga artists, novelists, and Sei-yus (voice actors) that show their face at the event, there’s bound to be one or two that draws my attention.

Unfortunately, this year’s event became a bummer for me.

But then again, that’s actually a good thing. Why? Because the local publishing companies are getting just a bit too greedy. How so? Let’s put it this way – one of the more notorious incident involved a publisher who’s asking fans to buy a product costing NT$1,200 (USD 40-ish) for a LOTTERY ticket. That’s a big amount of money down the drain for one shot at the prize. (As a reference, last year I dished out NT$1500 for 2 draws – winning on the second draw because the ballot box contains 1 chance out of 3 on my second turn – yes, the number of total ‘winning’ ballots was announced beforehand, so you can calculate by how many people getting the ‘wins’ to see how many are left in the box to decide whether you want to continue or not. This year, they don’t tell you the total).

This shows another characteristics of the locals – abuse something until it backfires. I’m actually looking forward to see the sales results (though I doubt things are going to change).



This is the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 2, and the venue of the Comic Books exhibition.

At an intersection inside the venue

At an intersection inside the venue

A busy intersection with people walking in every direction. What’s even worse, you’ve got a bunch of shows taking place at random time, and forming crowds every once in a while to clog up the crowd flow entirely.

People picking up DVDs at a company's booth

People picking up DVDs at a company

For some people, one of the major objectives for visiting the expo is to pick up DVDs. In most of the cases, the DVD company usually have a fairly complete stocking of their DVDs for customers to purchase. At least it beats going to Guanghua Market and finding that the series you were planning to purchase turns out missing volume 5.

Same company

Same company

Here’s a look from at the booth from a different angle. Seriously, it looks like one of those traditional markets where housewives fight over bargains.


August 19, 2008 - Posted by | Animation


  1. So what is the “product” that you actually get by paying NT$1200? Please don’t tell me the lottery ticket is the only thing you are paying for…

    Comment by Jonathan Wong | August 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. http://www.books.com.tw/exep/prod/booksfile.php?item=0010412394

    For fans, buying one copy might be cool. Yet it’s going to be hard to stomach if you have to pick up a second or third copy.

    Comment by ronderick | August 27, 2008 | Reply

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