MangaBento hosts annual art contest
IT'S a new-look Star-Bulletin, a new home for your intrepid anime and manga columnist, and, of course, a new mug shot -- cat ears, "Final Fantasy" Moogle and all. Whether you're a first-time or a returning reader of this column, here on the island or on the Internet, welcome to "Cel Shaded."
This week's column focus comes courtesy of Central Middle School art teacher Devin Oishi, who tells me that MangaBento, the local group where anime- and manga-inspired artists can ply their craft, is accepting entries for its annual art contest.
While past years have featured 2-D art pieces like drawings and paintings, this year's contest is open to artists who work in three-dimensional media, as well. At stake are fabulous prizes of art supplies.
Two-D artwork must have dimensions between 8 by 10 inches and 11 by 14 inches, and can be in black and white or color. Drop off artwork -- one piece per person, please -- at MangaBento meetings Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200, through April 1.
Submissions can also be sent to Oishi via state Department of Education interschool mail at Central Middle School through March 16.
As for 3-D art, pieces must be a maximum of 1 cubic foot, with submissions accepted April 8 only between 9 and 11 a.m. at the Academy Art Center.
On all pieces, include your name; age; whether you are a student, teacher, amateur or professional artist; your school and teacher (if applicable); address; phone number; and e-mail address in the rear upper-left corner.
Need some inspiration? Pictures of the winners and some of the art from last year's contest are posted at starbulletin.com/2006/04/17/features/yadao.html. Winners will be announced at the April 8 meeting ...
A 'Rising Star'?
Speaking of contests, one former isle resident is making some noise in Tokyopop's annual "Rising Stars of Manga" competition.
Chris Won, who designed some of the characters that appear in the "Dance Dance Revolution" games on the Xbox and Xbox 360 and now lives in California, has an entry in this contest. He's also one of the 24 finalists. As such, he's eligible for an Online People's Choice Award, voted on by visitors to Tokyopop's Web site -- and that's where you, dear readers, come in.
To vote, go to www.tokyopop.com and click on the "Rising Stars of Manga" button. A registered profile is required to vote, but registration is free. The poll wasn't posted when I checked Friday, but hopefully that will be fixed by the time this column sees print ...
In Sunday's 'D&Q'
Let's face it: Anime can be pretty costly, with each DVD costing between $20 and $30 on average. In the Sunday Today section, I'll cast a critical eye on several recent releases and explore what's worth buying and what's better left behind ...
Cel Shaded, a look at the world of Japanese anime and manga, appears every Monday. Reach Jason S. Yadao