Barcelona's Salón del Manga has been going strong now since 1995. Last year it doubled in size and this year's 20th edition promises to be bigger still, taking over a record 50,000m2 of the Fira de Barcelona.
Cosplay features high on the bill this year. For the uninitiated, Cosplay involves dressing up and role playing as your favourite Manga character. 150 ‘cosplayers’ will be competing for in the cosplay competition—which is part of the World Cosplay Summit—on October 31st. There will also be manga workshops for adults and children, and other aspects of Japanese culture will be represented, including an anime song contest and cuisine workshops. Visitors can enjoy films, exhibitions and a videogame area and, if it all gets too much, they can take quiet refuge in the meditation space.
This year’s fair will host some major players from the world of Manga, including Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk and Vagabond), Kengo Hawazawa (I am a Hero), Takeshi Obata (All you need is kill, Death Note and Bakuman) and Ken Niiumura, a Spanish-born author who now resides in Tokyo and who has become a reference figure in the field.
Entry for one day costs €7. A four-day pass costs €20.
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