As I’m writing for the AnimaniA magazine, you can find my German article on the fair on their website, just follow the link.
To sum it up in English: I enjoyed this year’s Leipzig Bookfair. It wasn’t my all-time-favourite, but had some impressive events. For Cosplayers, I think Leipzig is still one of the most important conventions of the year.
the mayor German Manga publishers, Carlsen Manga, EMA and TOKYOPOP, presented themselves in a joined space, the “World of Manga”, and the visitors rejoiced to meet three (!) Japanese Manga-ka: Tite Kubo (Bleach), Ema Toyama (GDGD-Dogs) and Atsushi Ohkubo (Soul Eater)
the aspiring publisher KAZÉ celebrated the first anniversary of its Manga lable KAZÉ Manga
the European Cosplay Gathering competition was great
so many talented Cosplayers
a lively doujinshi market, with some new really interesting projects
the hall appeared dirty due to the lack of waste-bins
there were no carpets covering the black ground in the dealers’ area
add the black wall separating the comic area from the rest of the hall, the black booths of the doujinshi market (artist alley), and the jap@con (exhibition space for German conventions), and you get a quite black not very welcoming space
there was a bitter touch of censorship, when security went through the doujinshi market and the dealers’ area, basically banning everything with naked boobs on it as pornography. Meanwhile, the wallpapers advertising for an erotic reading event, displaying three naked ladies, were totally fine…
Auch in diesem Jahr waren wir wieder auf der Leipziger Buchmesse als Händler. Dienstag Mittag ging es los und am Abend bauten wir schon die ersten Teile unseres Stands auf (den Teppich, Tische und Regale).
Am Dienstag ging es weiter und bis nachts um 11 war der Stand fertig.