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April 25, 2006 > Expo for teens

Expo for teens

by Arathi Satish

Manga Art and Graphic Novel Expo for Teens: from Anime to Zines is coming on Saturday, April 29 to the Fremont Teen Center in Central Park. This is a program sponsored by the city of Fremont's Parks and Recreational Department Teen Program Unit with the support of Sakura of America and the Fremont Exchange Club. Junior high and high school students can create and view Japanese style and international comics, anime and visual arts. They will also be able to display artwork along with students from art schools and colleges who have also been invited to participate.

The event runs in two three-hour sessions; activities will be the same for both. The expo will be attended by local manga, comic book and animation artists PMBQ (Tea Club), Ben Seto (Black Sheep Comics), John Hageman, Jr., Laurianne Uy, Alexis Fajardo (Plato's Republic and Kid Beowulf), Mel Smith and Clark Castillo, (publishers of Wildcard Ink - Gumby), George Dondero from Moronik (Dirt Boy and Bug Girl), Naomi Barbour and Alfred Twu from Student Art Publishing (a UC Berkeley publication). Highlights include live art demos, presenting tips and a student art show.

Manga art has many different focuses and during this event, students will have the opportunity to paint a mural, get suggestions from professional and teen artists, learn new techniques and ideas, create, draw and learn all about art, understand Japanese, etc. There is a lot to do in a short span of time. All attendees will receive a goodie bag with treats and coupons. CSU Monterey Bay's Anime Club will come dressed as their anime characters for a little "cosplay" action - with a Japanese Street Fashion Show at 1 p.m.

This event is being supported by Fremont Cultural Arts Council, Hobbytown USA, TokyoPop, Viz LLC, Broccoli/Anime Gamers, Diamond Comic Distributors, Sakura of America, the Charles Schulz Museum and the Cartoon Art Museum. Tokyopop and Viz Media will provide anime screenings. Students can also look forward to live acoustic bands and a DJ with Japanese Pop featuring Akai Sky and Face, Japanese Karaoke and "cartoon rock" theme songs to popular TV cartoons. Comic books, graphic novels and manga will also be featured.

There will be lots of things to buy too. Interested participants can buy manga, comics, games, models, books, origami, art supplies, anime soundtracks, toys, DVD's and more. HobbyTown USA, Anime 101, Anime Palace, Koala Express, Comic Con International, Fremont Main Library, Fremont Cultural Arts Council, Fanime, Broccoli/Anime Gamers, Cogswell Polytechinical College are some of the vendors and exhibitors. The Anime Cafˇ will supply hot pockets, nachos, fruit, munchies, cotton candy, Asian candy, pocky, sports drinks and bubble tea drinks. There will also be a chance to play a round of Taiko Drum Master and Dance Dance Revolution. Plus, kids can learn Japanese and calligraphy.

Manga Art and Graphic Novel Expo for Teens: from Anime to Zines will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at Fremont Teen Center in Central park, 39770 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. The event is $9 each per entry. Register for a morning or afternoon session and buy tickets in advance in order to guarantee entry. This event is for ages 11 years and up; those 12 years and under need to be accompanied by a paying adult (same price as youth). As this is a teen-focused event, some of the materials offered may be appropriate only for older teens. For more details, call (510) 494-4388 or email Register at or download a PDF Registration form at www.fremont-gov/teens.

Manga Art and Graphic Novel Expo for Teens: from Anime to Zines
Saturday, April 29
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fremont Teen Center in Central Park
39770 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 494-4388

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