MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 23, 2014) – Stormtroopers, caped crusaders, masked superheros and more will be be among the 1,000 people expected at this weekend’s Mana-Con festival at Manatee County Central Library.
The wildly popular local comics convention will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendance has grown steadily over the years and organizers think this will be the year more than 1,000 people participate in the festivities. Children and adults of all ages don creative outfits and costumes and descend on the library to have fun and show their creativity.
Saturday’s Mana-Con features art workshops such as Sumi Ink painting and Digital Manga, candy sushi and Minecraft crafts, and a Doodle Booth. Teens can get creative in the extemporaneous Comic Strip contest and the Cosplay Runway. The library will also have art on display from local high school students; and arts and crafts for sale.
“Mana-Con is the largest library-sponsored comics convention in Florida, perhaps even the southeast,” said Ericka Dow, Information Services Supervisor with the library and the event coordinator. “There is something for everyone, whether you are a Star Wars aficionado, a Whovian, or just love popular culture in general. We have received confirmation that we will have a TARDIS, which actually has to be constructed on site, and that is just one of many exciting things about Mana-Con coming this Saturday.”
The grand prize for the Cosplay Runway winner who exhibits the most creativity and craftsmanship will be two tickets to An Evening with Stephen King in January. This is a very unique opportunity for a local teen (ages 12-18 eligible) to see one of the world’s best known authors.
Vendors include The Comic Shack, local comic shop and Mana-Con collaborator since the first year; I Love Japan Craft, a group of Japanese origami masters who donate proceeds to tsunami and earthquake relief efforts; Hero Wrap; Southeast VPA; Doku Productions; Hihoshi; Three Little Beans; Star in My Pocket and more.
Many other fun activities are planned this year, including Karaoke, a Go!Go! Robot Lounge, origami, Japanese cultural demonstrations and plenty of opportunities to see Star Wars characters, superheros and Ghostbusters roaming around! There will be an assortment of new photo opportunity backdrops including Batman, Superman, Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Doctor Who. There will be goody bags, comics and posters for kids and teens (while supplies last).
The Central Library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West, Bradenton. For more information, call the library at (941) 748-5555.
For general information about the Manatee County Public Library System, visit www.mymanatee.org/library.
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