Hong Kong's Ani-Com and Games predicts records crowds for 2010 event

A new competition aimed at young designers and the presence of an international gaming giant are being touted as the main draw cards for this year's Ani-Com and Games fair, with organizers predicting that more than 700,000 people will attend the five-day event.

Ani-Com and Games will run from July 30 to August 3 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and has positioned itself in behind the likes of the annual Anime Expo in Los Angeles and the Tokyo International Anime Fair in terms of importance to the industries which revolve around animation.

For fans, that not only means comics, it covers the online and electronic game and collectable industries which have responded in force to this year's event - meaning Hong Kong's Convention and Exhibition Centre has expanded space for the fair to 135,000 square feet (12,540 square meters) from last year's 120,000 square feet (11,150 square meters).

Leading the way this year is the presence of international game-producing giants Nintendo - the first time the company will have attended the Hong Kong event - while organizers are also holding a Hong Kong Figure Competition for local figurine designers.

Of course, any event of this kind these days has to focus on a little dress-up as well, and Ani-Com and Games will again host a Cosplay Competition which allows fans to dress up as their favorite animated characters and an ACG Girl Pageant for all those wannabe models out there.

But for the more serious collector and comic fans, the event is all about seeing what their latest heroes have been up to - and perhaps getting a chance to grab an autograph or two.

To that end, this year's event boasts a line-up of stars from the animation world, including Hong Kong manga legend Wong Yuk-long ( Dragon Tiger Gate), mainland comic author Xia Da and mangaka Naoto Tsushima ( Getter Robo Hien: The Earth Suicide).

12th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong
July 30-August 3
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
http://www.ani-com-hk

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