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This exhibition I found quite by accident. My husband (the non-otaku) was watching the evening news and a story came on about comic exhibitions in northern Taiwan. I gasped and told him to freeze as he reached for the remote control. With a sigh, he shook his head and muttered, “Oh, great. There she goes.” Then as soon as I got the location and name of the place, I jumped online and did a quick search. Practically jumping in my chair, I quickly sent the info to my fellow otome and we made plans to go!
At the Exhibition
Although there were actually two exhibitions in town, I headed out to the Taoyuan Exhibition because that’s where my friend lives and because there were more days left of that exhibition than the one in Taipei. Not sure exactly what to expect, we had both brought extra money in the hopes of scoring some manga or collectibles of our favorite series.
We entered into the exhibit hall (free admission!), eyes aglow, and were a bit disappointed to see a set-up that seemed more appropriate in a museum, with mecha action figures behind glass display cases and large art pieces hanging farther back. Where were all the otakus and collectibles? Well, as in turns out this comic exhibition did not focus on the more popular and mainstream manga after all. Instead it was more of a showcase for local artists as well as little known international manga artists.
|Taiwanese Artist - Akru Photo Source link|
Like Akru's art? Feel free to visit this artist's blog: http://akru.blog13.fc2.com/ (Quick heads up though - it's all in Chinese!)
*-*And next post will be all about the maid cafe ~ Fatimaid! Stay tuned!