Manga day draws crowds
Published 24 Apr 2010 07:00 0 Comments
FANS of Japanese art and culture had a chance to meet up and discover more about their interest at a Manga Day at Wokingham Library.
Around 85 people visited the library in Denmark Street on Thursday, April 15 to take part in activities including drawing workshops.
Organiser Elizabeth McDonald, Wokingham Borough Council's reader development officer for young people and families, said: "It was an absolutely amazing day. We got really positive feedback from people who went. Lots of people had a really good time."
The day included manga drawing workshops with manga illustrators Nana Li and Susan Golton, sketches drawn by artist Emma Peddie and a talk by author Paul Gravett entitled Discovering Manga: Secrets of Japanese Comics.
Another popular event was a Cosplay workshop, where participants dressed up as characters from manga comics or anime films.
Reading-based shop Red Garden Manga also had a stall at the day.
In addition, there was a manga drawing competition and its five winners will have their work displayed in the library until the end of next week.
Ms McDonald said: "We had so many nice comments about the whole day."
It was the first time that the library had hosted a full day of manga activities, although it hosts a regular manga group every three weeks.
Ms McDonald said: "At the last one, we looked at a type of manga called mecca, which involves big, stampy robots and that kind of stuff.
"We also watched a couple of film clips and talk about what we are reading at the moment. The next meeting we will be looking at shoujo, which is love stories."
The next manga group meeting at Wokingham Library will be from 4.30-4.30pm on Thursday, May 27.
This article appeared in Bracknell News 22 Apr 10