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April 22, 2009 > Comic Arts and Anime Expo

Comic Arts and Anime Expo

By Mai El-Sadany

Now in its fifth year, Fremont's Annual Comic Arts and Anime Expo is scheduled for April 25. Originally intended as a teen art and photography show, the idea was tweaked to produce an annual fair that highlights both Japanese and international comics, anime, and visual arts. The fair is designed to reach out to the city's youth and provide a means to express their creativity.

Local manga, comic book, and animation artists are scheduled to lead art demonstrations and provide tips for interested youth. Additionally, there will be opportunities to purchase plush toys, soundtracks, art supplies, and more from vendors including Anime 101, Anime Palace, and Collectors Universe. A local comic book company will be on site to review student artist portfolios and give critiques.

Tri-City junior high and high school students have been invited to display their artwork at the fair; a high school art club will also be in attendance to promote their 'zines. Among other activities, visitors will be invited to paint a mural and participate in the Duct Tape Fashion Show.

Both Tokyopop and Viz Media have provided anime screeners for viewings at the expo. Local bands will perform on the outdoor stage as well as a demonstration of Kung Fu martial arts mastery with Fremont's Eagle Strike.

Tickets bought in advance are only $9; visitors will be charged $12 at the door. The entrance fee includes a goody bag with art supplies and multiple opportunities to win prizes throughout the fair.

Comic Arts and Anime Expo
Saturday, April 25
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Teen Center
39770 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont
(510) 494-4344

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