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April 17, 2007 > Manga Art

Manga Art

This is a full day of activities for junior and high school students who love to create and view Japanese-style and international comics, anime and visual arts in general.

There will be many opportunities to purchase the perfect plushie, toy, soundtrack, DVD, comic book, gift, art supplies and more. Anime 101, Anime Palace, Collectors Universe and Serenity Sensation are amongst our goods vendors and exhibitors.

Local manga, comic book and animation artists Lisha Lee, Karen Luk, Jim Kilpatrick, Danny Burbol, John Hageman, Jr., Alfred Twu and artists from BAAU (Bay Area Artists United) will be attending. Very special guests are Landry Walker and Eric Jones from Slave Labor Graphics will be on hand to share their artwork from TRON and The Super-Scary Monster Show comic book publications (both started as Disney works). They will be leading live art demos and presenting tips for the young people attending the event. The publisher from Slave Labor Graphics Comic Book Company will be on hand to review artist portfolios and give suggestions and critiques of your artwork.

Tokyo Pop, Viz LLC, Broccoli / Anime Gamers, Diamond Comic Distributors, Sakura of America, the Charles Schulz Museum, and the Cartoon Art Museum are supporting this effort by contributing prizes and samplers.

This art-oriented art has many different focuses: there will be opportunities to paint a mural, get tips from professional and teen artists, and create a personal 'zine. Junior high and high school students from the Tri-City area have been invited to have their artwork on display. Members of a local high school art club will be on hand promoting their 'zines. The CSUMB College Anime Club will come dressed as their favorite anime characters for a little "cosplay" action.

Comic books, graphic novels and Manga will also be featured for fans of the genre. Tokyo pop and Viz Media have provided anime screeners for viewing. At the outdoor stage: two J-rock (Japanese rock) bands will perform (Akai SKY and Neko Punch).

Bubble teas and other snack bar items like nachos, hot pockets, cotton candy, fruit, sports drinks, Asian candy and pocky will be available as well. There will be the chance to play a round of Taiko Drum Master and Dance Revolution.

The entrance fee includes a goodie bag with some art items, booklets and a chance to win prizes every hour. It is $9 in advance and $12 at the door.

This event is for ages 11 years and up - those 12 years and under need to be accompanied by a paying adult. Parents - come see what Manga and Anime are all about - you are welcome to come for the same price as youth. This is a teen-focused event. Some materials offered may be appropriate only for older teens.

Manga Art & Graphic Novel Expo for Teens: from Anime to Zines
Saturday, April 28
Fremont Teen Center (in Central Park)
39770 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont.

Event runs in two three-hour sessions (10 a.m. - 1 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
$9 in advance / $12 at the door.
Sign up for one or both sessions. Register for a morning or afternoon session and should buy tickets in advance in order to guarantee entry. The activities will be the same for both sessions.

More info is posted at or contact Rena Dein at or call (510) 494-4344.

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