Library's Animecon to draw enthusiasts
by Mark Andrews
Jul 20, 2012 | 1673 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Austin Bennett is a past winner of the Animecon cosplay contest held at the Cartersville library. Bennett portrayed his favorite comic book character, the Joker. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, file
Austin Bennett is a past winner of the Animecon cosplay contest held at the Cartersville library. Bennett portrayed his favorite comic book character, the Joker. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, file
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When thousands gathered for Comic-Con International last weekend in San Diego, the Bartow County Library System was gearing up for its fifth annual Animecon to be held Saturday.

"We've had a great turnout, it's just the anime fandom that's out there that loves anything Japanese, cartoons and general crafting," Adult Services Librarian Jonathan Lu said.

Anime is considered a style of animation that originated in Japan and is characterized by colorful graphics and often features themes intended for an adult audience. While fans claim there is room for debate on what distinguishes a work as anime, examples of the genre include the popular children and teen program "Dragonball Z" to the 1980s adult anime classic film "Akira."

A facet of anime is manga, which are comics and graphic novels created in Japan or by Japanese creators.

"[Visitors] can expect to see people dressed in costume that they can judge or take photographs with, people will do their artwork ... and create anime music videos in which they essentially take anime [video] clips and put music with it," Lu said. "Of course we'll have our anime screenings and our yearly video game contest."

The game to be played this year is "Naruto: Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations" on Playstation 3.

There also will be art, costume contests and a Magic: The Gathering tournament as well as a drawing for a manga set for participants.

"This year, if you win any of our contests, you'll receive a second entry win a $240 manga set," Lu said.

He said the annual event is a testament to the popularity of anime and manga in the county.

"The manga series in the teen center, half of it is never there -- it's always checked out -- so it's fairly popular here," Lu said.

The event will be held Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cartersville branch.