Anime Expo® 2007 Announces Amateur Artist Competition

Nation's Largest Convention's Manga Café Holding First Contest

Anaheim, California (June 20, 2007) — Anime Expo®'s very own Manga Café (sponsored by Infinity Studios, LLC) will be holding its first amateur art contest from June 29th through July 1st. More information can be found on the website .

Requirements to compete:

· Create two original characters - one bishoujo (beautiful girl) and one bishounen (pretty boy)
· The characters must advertise the Manga Café
· The art must be hand-drawn
· The art must be in color
· The drawing may be no larger than 8 1/2" X 11"
· The drawing must be created in the Manga Café during the convention

Three winning entries will be chosen, and those winning artists will have their work proudly displayed on both the Anime Expo® website and the Manga Café's Wall of Fame at future conventions. In addition, each winner will receive an import artbook of his or her choice.

The deadline for all entries to be received is July 1st at 5 PM at the Manga Café front desk. Winners will be announced July 1st at 6 PM, and those winners must be present at the announcement in order to claim their prizes.

Anime Expo®'s Manga Café will be open from 8 AM to 2 AM June 29th through July 1st and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST on July 2nd.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Long Beach, California - Anime Expo®, the nation's largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2007 will be held June 29 – July 2, 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. SPONSORS: ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment, Copic Markers, Digital Manga, Gaia Online, Go! Media, Infinity Studios, ImaginAsian TV (IaTV) and the Los Angeles Times. More information can be found at its website (

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo®. More information can be found at its website (

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