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Comic carnival could turn into permanent animation sensation

09-27-2011 10:20 BJT

After about three years of planning, this year's China Animation Comic Game (ACG) Carnival is finally ready to open to the public. Beijing's biggest comic and game carnival will be held at China ACG City in the city's western Fengtai district from September 28 to October 7. The massive carnival venue spans 10 hectares at the west part of Shougang Group's half-century-old Er Tong factory that was formerly used for manufacturing iron and steel.

Comic carnival could turn into permanent animation sensation.

"Seven major areas and 23 different activities will be held during the carnival," said Zhao Geting from the publicity department of the Beijing Saidian Cultural Communication Center, which is organizing the nine-day event. "We expect 150,000 people to visit."

Entering from the gate of the main hall, visitors will be greeted by an area illuminated by lasers. Nearby the entrance is a vivid 3-D image of a volcano. Once stepped on, it gives visitors the feeling that they are walking on lava.

Although construction of the ACG project is based on the old factory's design, Zhao said that most of the plant's facilities have remained intact to make the best use of the resources. "The biggest manufacturing line will be used as the main hall for the ACG City. Its appearance hasn't changed at all," she said.

The carnival will boast a range of interactive displays. Software giants responsible for many hot mobile games, such as Angry Birds, Plants versus Zombies and Fruit Ninja will host costume play, or cosplay, performances. Representatives from many participating companies are visiting China for the first time.

At the Angry Birds exhibit, visitors will be invited to test their skills by trying to hit toy pig targets stacked on shelves using cotton bird projectiles. Winners will keep their own toy birds.

The game zone is also a great place to test out world-leading 3-D body recognition technology. YOKA Games, China's largest domestic board game maker, will exhibit their latest technology at the zone. Visitors can try out eight games that are still being developed and participate in cosplays.

For those interested in cartoons, the 2-D cartoon zone has an animated cafe and stall stacked with original edition comics. Here, you can also meet with and have your comics signed by some of China's premier cartoonists.

Outside the exhibition hall, there will be a sports show including roller blade slalom showdowns and an international crew of professional skaters.

At night, an outdoor music concert will be held in the open square from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Performers from China and abroad, such as Kondou Nana from Japan, will take to the stage to keep visitors entertained

The carnival could even give rise to Beijing's newest permanent animation attraction, with plans in the pipeline to give fans their own theme park-like haven if the carnival proves a hit with the public.

"The carnival is a trial of the ACG City," Zhao said. "If successful, then activities here might become a permanent fixture after the event concludes."

China ACG City

Where: Beijing ACG City, Wujia Village, Fengtai district

Contact: 5265-6265

Admission: 100 yuan

When: 9 am to 10 pm, Sept. 29 to Oct. 7



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Global Times

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