The last time I saw Liliha Library young adult librarian Linda Mediati was at Kawaii Kon in March. She was wearing a cute Totoro hoodie.
I know, it's an unusual observation to start off the first post in this space in two weeks, but it's an observation with a point. It was at Kawaii Kon that Linda assured me that the library's Anime Art Contest, the one where we've celebrated young artists like winter 2010 winner Kaili Mossman and summer 2011 winner Caytlin Yoshioka, would be returning for a third go-round this year. When, exactly, she wasn't sure at the time. But she'd certainly let me know.
The weeks passed, and spring turned into summer. True to her word, she gave me and my judging partners a heads-up around July on when the range of dates would be. Summer meandered into autumn. And earlier this week, a press release rattled into my inbox confirming those dates that entries would be accepted.
Guess what? The first day for submissions ... was Nov. 1. As in yesterday.
So hey, teens in grades 6-12?
HUP HUP HUP GO GO GOOOOOOOOOOO
GET DRAWING AND PAINTING AND STUFF ALREADY
... okay, so you actually have until Dec. 31 to submit that anime/manga-inspired artwork. But it's always good to get a head start on things (says the blogger who works better under last-minute deadline pressure, but do as I say, not as I do). Besides, the first 100 entrants will get a free manga instructional booklet, and freebies are always nice. As for prizes, there's a whole pile of merchandise coming from sponsors Sakura of America, Kawaii Kon, Hawaiian Graphics and Smith Micro Software Inc., including Pigma Sensei pens, Copic markers, Anime Debut Studio and Manga Studio software and Canson Manga Fanboy Pocket Novels.
Here's a bit of inspiration for you would-be entrants (and a reminder for the handful of you who've managed to stick with this blog for so long): Kaili's winning entry from 2010 ...
... and Caytlin's winning entry from 2011.
Liliha Library is located at 1515 Liliha St.; you can pick up more information about the contest there or drop off completed pieces. Or you can call 587-7577. Now get those teens started on their artwork. I can't wait to see what they come up with this year.
More from the anime news desk
Roy Chang's Cacy & Kiara library tour: Learn about the creative processes behind Cacy & Kiara and the Curse of the Ki'i, the new young adult novel by Roy, an Aiea Intermediate art teacher, MidWeek cartoonist and friend of the blog. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Kapolei Library, 1020 Manawai St. Call 639-7050. Can't make that? He'll also be at Salt Lake-Moanalua Library, 3225 Salt Lake Blvd., at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Call 831-6831.
To whet your drawing whistle for the Anime Art Contest, there are two art-related events taking place on Sunday. Unfortunately, both of them are happening at the same time, so you'll have to pick one. Can't go wrong with either one, though.
Comic Jam Hawaii: Sit down, draw a bit, collaborate with a bunch of talented people and have a fun art-filled afternoon, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pearlridge Center, on the Uptown side of the mall, in front of Hot Unique Imaging. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/147779161986428 (Facebook login required).
Pen & Ink Works: This group of anime- and manga-inspired artists is getting together for a Sketch Meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria St., room 102. Bring your sketchbooks, get some drawing advice from senior members, and get ready for a fun afternoon. Visit peninkworks.wordpress.com.