Pen & Ink Works

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June 13, 2011, 8:09 pm
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Welcome to Pen & Ink Works!

Pen & Ink Works is an artist collective based in Honolulu, Hawaii.  We aim to promote the creative aspects of manga and anime as an art form as well as a method of expression for people of all ages and backgrounds. Following in the spirit of the dynamic and diverse nature of manga and anime membership is open to artists of all forms and styles; all that’s required is a passion for creation.  We hope to foster this open creativity as well as provide a venue for members to showcase such work.

Activities include:

  • Community outreach events promoting the creative aspects of manga and anime, including but not limited to illustration, story composition, character design, etc.
  • Demonstrations and seminars from local professional comic artists.
  • Art exhibitions centered on anime and manga featuring group members and members of the local art community.

What is manga and anime exactly?

Manga and anime are a distinctive style of Japanese comics (manga) and animation (anime) known for slick graphics and a diverse range of genre.  First coined by the celebrated print designer Katsushika Hokusai in the early 19th century, ‘manga’ roughly translated as ‘funny pictures’, has grown considerably in popularity and scope since the 1950s.  Manga now includes genres ranging from sports to business and even cooking, appealing to a wide range of audiences.  The popularity of anime soon followed suit, bringing to life all the vitality and diversity much loved by avid readers of manga.

Today manga and anime are enjoyed the world over including here in Hawaii.  With many local kids growing up immersed in Japanese culture taught by the elder generation, it is only natural for them use this art form as an appropriate method of expression.


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