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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco: Blast Off


asian-art-musThe Asian Art Museum in San Francisco will host a manga (Japanese comics), anime (animation), and pop culture extravaganza for aficionados and amateurs alike on July 7th. The exhibit/happening is called Blast Off, and its lineup features:

* Opening ceremony with Gen Taiko, whose drumming will hurl you into space for art and adventure

* Cosplay contest - dress up as your favorite manga, anime, or game character to win prizes

* Manga and anime panel discussions led by experts Frederik Schodt and Gilles Poitras

* Art activities and demonstrations by local artists, illustrators, and cartoonists

* Guided tours of the galleries and special exhibition Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga

* The Manga Lounge - hands-on library, wild anime, toy display...

* Ramen and Rice, the costumed duo that plays string renditions of anime and video game music

* Multimedia performance by Live Action Cartoonists, inspired by Tezuka Osamu's The Story of a Big Forest


Saturday, July 7, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
FREE with museum admission // kids 12 and under always admitted free

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