Organisers and exhibitors at the recently merged comic and games fair claimed success yesterday, saying this year's show smashed attendance records. The annual celebration of popular comic book characters and computer games - dubbed the Summer Funtasy 2004 - drew 381,000 visitors, compared with the previous record of 330,000 recorded in 2002. Sunday's attendance, at 86,000, was a one-day record. The hundreds of thousands of visitors to the five-day event at the Convention and Exhibition Centre had exhibitors smiling. Local game producer Firedog Computer Entertainment said business was five times better than expected. 'We are out of stock,' said company managing director Gabriel Pang Tsz-kit. Trade at Microsoft's Xbox booth was three times that of last year, the first time the company exhibited. Another exhibitor, Gameone Online Entertainment, had a 30 per cent increase in its business. Creative department manager Chau Ming-yan said this was because they provided more copies of their limited edition games. 'They were all sold out in the first half of the first day,' he said Another exhibitor, now.com.hk, wanted students to apply for the 'Academy of Detectives', a nine-week online course, starting on August 13. More than 5,000 people had signed up over three days. A spokeswoman said the community element of the course was one of the reasons it was popular. 'Besides visual entertainment [while playing computer games], they hope to find peers as well.' Comic book publishers Jonesky and Jade Dynasty Publications said trade was better than last year. Jonesky notched up more than $1 million worth of business on the first day of the fair. It was the first time a comics and games fair had been organised concurrently in Hong Kong.