New York Bookstore Opens with Cosplayers, Manga, Anime

posted on 2007-10-31 20:13 EDT by Egan Loo
Takehiko Inoue, NY Anime Festival, Del Rey, Brian Camp participate

The Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya opened a three-floor store across from Bryant Park in New York City on October 20, and the new store will host a rare American appearance by bestselling manga artist Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Vagabond), a Cosplay Day, and panels by Del Rey Manga, author Brian Camp, and others.

The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) organizers arranged the Cosplay Day on November 3, during which costumed customers get a 10% discount on anime and manga in the store, as well as a raffle entry for 10 passes to NYAF. Staffers of Del Rey Manga, including its head Dallas Middaugh and publishing associate Tricia Narwani, will host a panel about entering the manga business with translator Mari Morimoto on the same day. Brian Camp, co-author of Anime Classics Zettai!! from Stone Bridge Press, will host another panel on rare anime classics.

Takehiko Inoue, the award-winning, bestselling author of Slam Dunk, Vagabond, and Real, will cap the opening festivities with a Viz Media-sponsored personal appearance, tentatively scheduled on November 19. Inoue will create an exclusive drawing on a wall of the store's second floor, much of which is dedicated to manga.

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