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Fans will get to view award-winning manga such as Sgt. Frog, Tales Of Agriculture and Naruto at the Manga Festival in Singapore this weekend. (PHOTO: YOUTUBE, SCV)

Publication Date : 15-02-2013


First festival will show more than 400 manga and give fans a chance to get autographs


Attention manga fans, the inaugural Manga Festival In Singapore starts today and runs until Sunday.

The three-day event aims to promote manga - Japanese comics - here.

Manga Festival in Singapore is co-organised by an association of 10 Japanese Manga publishers and the Manga department of CoFesta, the Japan International Contents Festival.

It features a lecture led by manga publishing industry professionals, a manga art exhibition and autograph sessions with award-winning manga writers such as Mine Yoshizaki, author of Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunso), and Masayuki Ishikawa of Tales Of Agriculture fame.

The four, hour-long autograph sessions will be held in the Crossroads event section of Kinokuniya's main store in Ngee Ann City, Orchard Road, and are expected to draw a sizeable crowd, though the sessions will be limited to 200 people each.

They start at 1pm and end at 6.30pm.

Maisarh Abu Samah, 27, a writer and manga fan since her polytechnic days, is the most excited about the autograph sessions because manga artists and writers do not often visit Singapore, she says.

She and a few friends plan to get to Kinokuniya by noon tomorrow.

"The event space in Kinokuniya is not very big and there are quite a lot of manga fans in Singapore who will still queue up despite it being Chinese New Year," she says.

"My friends are getting their manga ready, or will buy new ones there, for signing. I'm more interested in meeting the creators and listening to them."

Fans and initiates of manga can also head to The Arts House which will host the festival's two-day manga exhibition.

There, visitors can watch manga movies and browse through more than 400 Japanese manga, some of which have not been released here yet.

The free exhibit will be open tomorrow and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

For manga fans interested in the business side of manga publishing and the future of the industry, including how manga publishers plan to address the growing popularity of the e-book, the festival is sponsoring a free lecture with executives from well-known manga publishing houses such as Kodansha and Shogakukan Inc.

The afternoonlecture, which will be held today from 2pm in the Grand Mandarin Ballroom1 at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore, is free to the public. Register for it on the Manga Festival website.


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