It has been a record breaking year for attendance at the 2010 Taipei ComicCon. I read that more than 95,000 people packed into Taipei’s World Trade Center on the first day of the event. Perhaps it has to do with the rebound of the economy, trickling down to the teenagers, who may lack independent earning power but are benefiting from the hard-earned, yet more generously doled out, allowance money from parents.
As I do every year without fail, I trekked over to the ComicCon to check out the latest trends. It seemed largely the same as every other year. Japanese comic books, merchandise, and novels dominated the scene. Some of the telcos have begun collaborating with publishers by making mobile comic books and animation available to their subscribers. You had your One Piece, Naruto, titles catering to girls, titles catering to boys. Aside from the popular titles, it has become increasingly difficult for me to differentiate one series from another. Perhaps it is age?