In all, 190 students submitted 228 works of art in Pierce County Library System’s third annual Manga Art Contest. Fifteen of the students won 20 prizes for their award-winning drawings.
The artists submitted drawings in three categories, based upon manga, which are popular Japanese comics and cartoons that are usually published in magazines and graphic novels.
“The teens created amazing drawings that reflect their self expression and a special visual talent. As with other media, manga and graphic novels require a different kind of reading than traditional text,” said Judy Nelson, youth services director for the Library. “In this world where most information is distributed by TV, the Internet and multimedia, visual literacy is a vital tool for teens to master.”
The students found inspiration for their drawings from the Library’s Teen Read Week theme of Books With Bite @ Your Library. The winners include:
- Best Original Character, 5-8th grade, 1st place‚ÄîCassie Capuli, Puyallup; 2nd place‚ÄîRachael Brunson, Gig Harbor; 3rd place‚Äî Meagen Davis, Puyallup.
- Best Original Character, 9-12th grade, 1st place‚ÄîAshley McKnight, Spanaway; 2nd place‚ÄîDesiree Trieu, Puyallup; 3rd place‚ÄîEmily Baldado, Gig Harbor.
- Best Comic Strip, 5-8th grade, 1st place‚ÄîStephanie Dinh, Gig Harbor; 2nd place‚ÄîKim-Chi Do, Tacoma; 3rd place‚ÄîKaren Emmert, Buckley.
- Best Comic Strip, 9-12th grade, 1st place‚ÄîBenjamin Lee Davis, Gig Harbor; 2nd place‚Äî Corynne Dougil, Gig Harbor; 3rd place‚ÄîAlyanna Castillo, Gig Harbor.
- Best Fan Art, 5-8th grade, 1st place‚ÄîAyanna Jones, Graham; 2nd place‚ÄîKim-Chi Do, Tacoma; 3rd place‚ÄîCassie Capuli, Puyallup.
- Best Fan Art, 9-12th grade, 1st place‚ÄîAshley McKnight, Parkland; 2nd place‚ÄîBrittney Lyons, South Prairie; 3rd place‚ÄîLauren Asmussen, Lakebay.
Pierce County Library Foundation awarded first place winners with $50, second place winners $25, and third place winners $15.
Two artists won students choice awards: 5th-8th grade, Rachel Brunson, Gig Harbor; and 9th-12th grade, Ashley McKnight, Spanaway. Both winners received $30.