Anime Expo: Shelley Style!
Fine art consumer specialist, Shelly, is back from 2011 Anime Expo and is BURSTING to tell us all about it!
Shelley travelled to Los Angeles, California with fellow Prismacolor teammate, Pete Ridge, and together they mixed and mingled with Anime and Prismacolor fans, hosted a workshop and had an overall amazing time over the 4th of July weekend in beautiful LA with all the beautiful people!
Well, it is me, Shelley Minnis, here to fill you in on the “Star Spangled Anime Expo Show” that I attended with my hard working, Energizer Bunny, coworker, Pete Ridge, Western Regional Key Account Manager, who lives in San Diego, CA and works the Western part of the U.S. He was GREAT to help with all of the logistical parts of our Anime Show experience. i.e. setting up the workshop, ordering all of the fabulous samples and door prizes and then physically getting everything to the actual room where we got to spend time with over 300 of our beloved Prismacolor Fans and consumers for almost two hours. A big “Arigatou gozaimasu” or “Thank You” Pete!
For those who may be new to Anime, according to Wikipedia, “Anime is Japanese Animation. Anime began at the start of the 20th century, when Japanese filmmakers experimented with the animation techniques also pioneered in France, Germany, the United States, and Russia. The oldest known anime in existence first screened in 1917 – a two-minute clip of a samurai trying to test a new sword on his target, only to suffer defeat.” Although it really became popular after Disney pioneered the cartoon and animation field in the mid 30’s and has since evolved into the Anime style we see today!
This was the 20thyear for the Anime Expo show in Los Angeles, CA and last year nearly 107,000 people attended the event over the 4 day period.
The characters that make up the Anime World are beloved by the consumers that follow the videos and productions. This event is SO MUCH FUN! The crowd is excited and YOUNG and so many are in wonderful costumes of their favorite Manga/Anime character.
I even got into the “costume mode” with my Prismacolor focused attire…
As a Manufacturer, we were proud to be part of the event lineup and the opportunity to host an almost 2 hour workshop that covered Tips and Techniques on how to draw the Manga/Anime characters using Prismacolor pencils and markers. I covered the numerous aspects of drawing that included strokes, papers, types of nibs that can enhance the drawings that are the start of these types of works. The crowd was attentive, asked GREAT questions and LOVED the samples and the door prizes!!! The whole Prismacolor team wants to really say a huge THANK YOU for attending…..you were wonderful!
Following the workshop, took a stroll through Artist Alley to see some of works being done by various artist who produce Anime story lines. Japanese Anime/Manga differs from American comics because an artist usually comes up with the story line and does the art, where in American Comics, someone often writes the story and then it is visually produced by another person and then the actual inking and fill work may be done by someone else entirely. Two very different approaches that each produce amazing things!
I hope that you have enjoyed hearing a bit about the Anime Expo and how we spent our 4th of July weekend. This year, Pete and I did make it back home in time to watch Fireworks with our friends and families in our home towns, but we have seen some spectacular fireworks shows over highway 101 in years past as we made our way home from the event. We can truly say that our jobs are a BLAST!! - S