In the midst of a year-long “party” commemorating their 30th anniversary of comics retailing, Austin Books celebrates everything manga this Saturday afternoon as part of their second annual Manga Melee.
I suspect the highlight of the day for many of you central Texans who love your manga is having a chance to meet the talented quartet of area creators retailer Brad Bankston has assembled for autographs and sketches: Diva Lea Hernandez (Clockwork Angles, Rumble Girls), Tony Salvaggio (PsyComm), “Supermodel” Paul Benjamin (Pantheon High, Spider-Man Family) and Rivkah (Steady Beat).
Manga Melee is a bit more than just another reason to celebrate an art form that’s riveted the attention of so many younger readers, and consequently, commanded the attention of mainstream comics company looking to join in (think DC’s Minx line), however. It’s a creative means to guide that younger audience whom you and I see hovering like bees to now-expanded sections of manga at nationwide chain booksellers (Borders and Barnes & Noble) to comics stores, even ones with cool reputations like Austin Books.
Check out the schedule of signings throughout the day as well as a special Q&A with all four creators.