MangaBento taking entries for art contest
Sharpen those pencils, warm up a computer art program of choice or make sure those Copic markers have enough ink -- it's time for an art contest hosted by MangaBento, the local group of artists who specialize in anime- and manga-inspired artwork.
There's just one catch: You have to be 18 or younger.
For those who meet that requirement, here are the details: Nonprofessional artists are encouraged to submit a single piece of anime-inspired artwork with dimensions between 8 by 10 inches and 11 by 14 inches. Pieces are welcomed in any media, from pencil-and-paper sketches to prints from computer tools.
"Some people are inspired by existing characters to draw, and others like to come up with characters of their own," MangaBento staff member Jeff Gaskell told me via e-mail. "The main thing is that the drawing comes from the artist and isn't a blatant copy. It's a bit of a gray area, but when it comes down to judging, we'll be giving higher scores for originality."
At stake is $50 for first place, $20 for second and $10 for third, as well as prizes donated by Collector Maniacs, Gecko Books, Hakubundo, Hawaiian Graphics, MechaHawaii, OK Anime and Toys N' Joys. The deadline for submissions is March 26.
Older than 18? No problem. The group's meetings are still open to all ages, with the next meeting scheduled for Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200. For more details on the contest or the meetings, visit www.manga-bento.com ...
Anime-rathon goes on
Oahu Anime Explorer will be holding its monthly meeting on Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at HMC Academy, 555 N. King St.
Scheduled for screening are "Twin Spica," "Honey & Clover," "Capeta" and "Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid." For more information, visit www.oahuanimeexplorer.com.
Cel Shaded, a look at the world of Japanese anime and manga, appears every Monday. Reach Jason S. Yadao