Students throughout Pierce County have a chance to show their artistic talents and win prizes from Pierce County Library System’s Anime/Manga Art Contest. This is the first time the Library System has offered the Anime/Manga Art Contest.
“We know anime and manga is huge with ‚Äòtweens and teens, because the books and films in this genre truly fly off the shelves in all of our libraries,” said Judy Nelson, youth services coordinator for the Library System. “Anime and manga materials are some of the most popular items for youth from about 11 to 18 years old.”
Students may enter the contest now through March 15. They may enter one of three categories: original character, comic strip (doujinshi) and fan art. Entries may be in color or black and white on 8 ¬? by 11 inch white paper. Budding artists may get entry forms at University Place, Parkland/Spanaway, and Summit Pierce County libraries and on the Library System’s Web site at www.pcl.lib.wa.us/teens/mangaArt.asp.
The Library System will award prizes, which may include books about drawing manga, DVDs, Manga books, CDs and drawing materials. Almost-teenagers or ‚Äòtweens and teens will compete within grade categories for 5th through 8th graders and 9th through 12th graders.
“The contest is another way for youth to express themselves,” said Nelson. “Through our teen book clubs, many teens already talk about the anime and manga books and films and some even write book reviews.”
The contest is an extension of the book clubs and Nelson said it is expected to involve and engage even more ‚Äòtweens and teens into discussions and artistic expressions about the popular materials.
The libraries plan to display as many of the art submissions as space allows in the participating branches. The Friends of University Place, Parkland/Spanaway and Summit libraries and University Place Library Anime Club are sponsoring the contest.
The art contest is another extension of the Library System’s promise to communities as the state’s only Library of Promise.