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The Making of an Anime and Manga Club – Article by Julia, Teen Blogger

Mushroom Pixies Drawing

I started getting into manga and anime when I first read a vampire manga that I LOVED so, so much. One day, I read a chapter where this really pretty character was in a wheelchair and I wanted to draw her, so, what did I do? I drew her. Now, that was back in April 2010. It's been over 3 years now that I have been drawing seriously--and now I draw on my Wacom! [Editor's Note: a Wacom is a digital drawing tablet.] I drew the pictures featured on this blog post. You can find me on DeviantART too. I'm Chocolatejuju.

Anime Line Art by Julia

Manga and anime are very popular and that makes me insanely happy because when I started liking it, my classmates teased me about it.  Now people are really interested in it and are saying nice things, and people are definitely not teasing me about liking something “different”. 

I remember when I started getting into anime and manga, I wished I knew more people who liked it as well, but I didn't know where to find those sorts of people, so me and my friends created a manga club at the Spring Garden Library.

At our firstHotto Kohii Club -drawing by Julia meeting, we brainstormed what manga we wanted to read and what anime we wanted to watch. We then got out some Japanese dictionaries to help us with our club's name. We decided on the unofficial name, Hotto Kohii, which means Hot Coffee. We decided on this name because anime and manga can be so addictive and can also give you energy. (Haha. That’s what I feel whenever I watch anime. I’ll be ready to go to bed but then I'll watch an anime episode and I’ll be up for a couple more hours.) Soon, I started asking our group questions about what they would like in a logo and sketching up some rough drafts. Since it would be our club’s logo, everyone should like it right?

Now, we're still looking for more and more members so our li'l club can become much, much, larger. We do small club activities like making posters, discussing anime and manga, and reading chapters of recent manga. We meet every Tuesday at 4 pm. Hope to see you!

If you can't come to the Spring Garden Library, there are several other anime and manga clubs at other libraries and I suggest you check them out too.



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