The hall is filled with Manga inspired costumes. Anyone dressed up got in free, so they were really out in force.
The bald guy on the diaz is an opera singer who arranges manga theme songs into arias, and he performed them live with a piano accompaniment. The kids screamed and applauded the whole time. It was pretty surreal.
The halls are just as crowded on Sunday as they were on Saturday.
When I finally make my way to the TokyoPop booth it is packed, and stays that way all day. Whatever I used to think of manga, kids like it; and I'm getting used to it. And I use the term kids broadly; the ages range from young teenie-bopper to high school. And Joachim tells me the Bone books are doing well with them. This is a brand new audience for Bone, and I notice that the black & white versions are prefered by the younger readers here, and the color editions are for the more adult readers. This is the exact opposite of the situation back home, where the color Scholastic books are aimed more at kids and the black & white BONE: One Volume Edition is mostly for the Indy/grown up crowd at comic book shops and the graphic novel sections of book stores.
More signing sessions.
My arm is feeling better today, so I almost draw real drawings for everyone.
More carnage! I head back to the booth for a couple of final interviews and find Anike collapsed on a table. Anike had a line of manga fans that wrapped around the pavillion!
She managed to find the energy for one more drawing of our characters together. The Book Fair ends, and we go back to the hotel to join the rest of the tired TokyoPop staff for a quiet, cool down dinner. Tomorrow we leave for Hamburg…