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Spotlight on Manga

PUBLISHED: 15:10 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:27 25 August 2010

JAPANESE comics and animation will be coming to town in February as an inaugural Manga festivals kicks off. The first Bexley Anime and Manga Festival (BAM) will include manga art workshops, martial arts seminars, Yu-Gi-Oh gaming sessions, a Cosplay (cos

JAPANESE comics and animation will be coming to town in February as an inaugural Manga festivals kicks off.

The first Bexley Anime and Manga Festival (BAM) will include manga art workshops, martial arts seminars, Yu-Gi-Oh gaming sessions, a Cosplay (costume making) workshop and screenings at the Cineworld in Bexleyheath.

The Bexley Manga Network, which meets fortnightly at the Central Library in Bexleyheath, was awarded money by the council to realise its ambition of holding a festival.

Kieran Cullagh, 17, part of the successful funding application bid, said: "There are so many people into Manga and anime, but so few chances to see films together and take part in big events. That's about to change."

The festival has attracted support from some of the biggest names in the industry, including film company Manga Entertainment, DVD distributor MVM and Manga art material maker Letraset.

The network is for teenagers aged 13-19 and is free to join. Meetings are every other Thursday from 6-7pm. Newcomers are always welcome.

For more information about the BAM Festival or Bexley Manga Network, contact library development officer Paul Fisher on 020 8309 4135 or by email at paul.fisher@bexley.gov.uk

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