IT’S a craze with its roots in the Far East.
But now Manga is set to hit Huddersfield in style.
A group of young people in the town are running their own Manga Conference to share their passion for all things Manga.
Manga Management is holding their first Manga-Con 2009 on Friday April 24 at 7pm at Huddersfield Library.
Manga are comic books and printed cartoons that originated in Japan.
The 21 members of the local group, aged between 14 and 32, are artists, story writers and Manga enthusiasts that meet on Saturdays at the Huddersfield Library.
They decided to have the event after the annual Manga event held at Waterstones was cancelled.
Tasneem Kausar, 20, from Greenhead, is a member of the group.
She is a second year art and media student at Bradford University and said: “We are really into Manga and we wanted people to find out more about it.”
The event is open to the public and will include a Cosplay contest, a colourful spectacle where Manga fans dress up as their favourite characters.
There will also be a Manga art competition for all ages.
Tasneem said: “I realised when I won the Manga art competition at Waterstones last year that young kids don’t win, so I wanted them to win something.”
The event will also have Japanese favourite karaoke with a dance mat playing Anime and Japanese music. About 30 Manga books will be raffled and there will be video games, a quiz and a Manga sale.
Tickets are only £2 and Manga fans aged 10 and under go free with an accompanying adult paying.
Tickets are available from Huddersfield Library and Waterstones at New Street.