Cardiff International Comic Expo 2013 Turns the Spotlight on Manga & Anime

new logo hi resThat’s right more convention news folks and this time we travel to the chilly climbs of Cardiff for news on the what the Cardiff International Comic Expo (2nd -3rd March) will be doing in regards to its Manga/Anime activities.

The Cardiff Expo is no longer considered one of the new cons on the block as it heads into its third year and its stride in the face of the mountain of positive feedback it has gained over the first two years. This year the Manga and Anime fans will be well taken care of  with more related events, guests and activities then you can shake a katana at.

Check out the press release for all the info.

Cardiff Expo – more than just comics: Manga/Anime spotlight

The team behind Cardiff International Comic Expo are now just over a month away from opening the doors on another small but packed event which promises to have more to keep their faithful returning attendees happy, and lots for newbies to Cardiff too. They welcomed approx 1,700 people through their doors last year, and this year, as they are hosting their largest Anime and Manga showcase yet, are hoping to see many new faces too 🙂

Cardiff have always preferred to focus on putting on a quality home grown UK show full of UK-based creators, exhibitors and publishers. Now in its third year it has become apparent that a large portion of attendees are manga/anime fans, so this year the Cardiff team have actively sought to increase the amount of manga creators and exhibitors appearing this year.

Cardiff Expo attracts more cosplayers than many other UK comic shows and the Producers have worked hard on improving their increasingly popular Cosplay Competition & Parade, refining the process, and securing more prizes than before. This year they have a dedicated photographer for the Expo so expect to see some impressive cosplay in the weeks after the event!! Pre-registration is essential for the Cosplay Parade & Competition.

KEEP IT SECRET return to the Expo after debuting in 2012, and proving incredibly popular – this year they are hosting the Anime and Manga Showcase, and sponsoring our Cosplay Parade and Competition.

Keep It Secret ‘feed the thirst and hunger of the ever growing ‘Kawaii’ craving and love of Asian culture in the UK’, and are one of the South West’s best known Japanese and Asian Pop-Culture online stores, selling the very best in Japanese/Asian sweets along with Kawaii-Style gifts ranging from Stationery to Bento Box’s and Shopping bag’s to Pocky.

The Expo welcomes back SUPERTOMATO (formerly OtakuZoku) – specialist retailer of retro videogames, manga, comicbooks and toys – both from the UK and imported directly from Japan.

Also returning to Cardiff, for Saturday only, is South Wales-based MVM ENTERTAINMENT – Winner of ‘Best Anime Distributor’ at the NEO Awards 2009, “The UK’s leading supplier of Anime films, both retail and wholesale” is unique in the UK Anime industry in it’s multi-level supply, acting as licensor, distributor, wholesaler and retailer. MVM Entertainment are kindly donating prizes to the Cardiff Expo Cosplay Competition.

There are also many more hugely talented manga/anime artists/illustrators appearing at the Expo:
artists collective The Red Garden Artist Group
two brilliant artists specialising in Manga/Anime art will be in residence in the Main Hall at the Expo all weekend – the brilliant NANIIEBIM and the fantastic DestinyBlue.
Fallen Angel Media also return to Cardiff and will be accepting sketch requests throughout the weekend
New creators for 2013 are Wil Kirkby, Nikki Stu, The Cat with Sunglasses, Class Toons, Nich Angell Comix, and many more
New exhibitors for 2013 include AnimeImports

In association with Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival, Asuka Tanaka will be appearing at Cardiff and will be hosting a workshop (for 11-16 yr olds) on Saturday at 2pm, which has to be pre-registered for via the website.

More spotlights coming soon on Expo Launches, 2000AD guests, and Panels.

For more information on the Cardiff International Comic & Animation Expo either visit the official website , Twitter, or the Facebook page. You can order your tickets for the convention online from the main ticket page.
Reporter: Nuge

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One comment

  1. This sounds like a great event!

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