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|NEWS from the LIBRARY of CONGRESS|
July 30, 2018
Library of Congress Presents "Anime for All"
A display of Japanese woodblock prints and medieval picture scrolls, a family-friendly cosplay workshop and a free talk with famed Japanese writer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will highlight the Library of Congress' series of events being presented in conjunction with Otakon, Washington, D.C.'s annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc.) and its fandom.
"Anime for All," a celebration of east-Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 10 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington D.C. The series of events will showcase Japanese storytelling traditions that have been transformed into modern day forms of art and will seek to illuminate how Japan's ancient history has played a significant role in pop-culture and how it continues to inspire creativity in the arts.
Events are free and open to the public. Tickets are available for some of the "Anime for All" activities, but are not required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this event ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket. Entry is not guaranteed.
Media wishing to cover the event must RSVP no later than Tuesday, Aug. 7. Additional details about coverage opportunities will follow.
Fans of anime, manga and Japanese pop culture have much to explore in the Library's collections. The Prints and Photographs division contains over 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo Period through the 21st Century. The Asian Division's collection is the largest repository of Japanese language materials outside of Japan, totaling 1.2 million monograph volumes with a rare book collection exceeding 5,900 items, dating as far back as the 8th century. The Serials and Government Publications division houses over 140,000 comic books, including treasures such as the rare early English-language editions of "Astro Boy," "Macross," and "Ultraman."
The series will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 11 with a panel discussion featuring Library of Congress experts on various ways Otakon audiences can connect with the Library of Congress and its resources. The speakers will share some of the east-Asian treasures that are available on-site and online at the Library and how they can engage with these materials. The U.S. Copyright Office will provide information on how to create works inspired by our collection items without infringement and methods to protect intellectual property. An Otakon 2018 ticket is required for attendance. For more information on Otakon, visit this site.
The excitement can be followed on Twitter at @librarycongress.
The programming includes:
Wednesday, Aug. 8
Pop Up Performance
Thursday, Aug. 9
11 a.m. — 4 p.m., Young Readers Center, ground floor
11:30 a.m. — noon, Young Readers Center, ground floor
1 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor
5 p.m. — 6 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor
At sundown, north lawn of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building
NOTE: Participants must comply with Cosplay & Costume Weapons Guidelines, below.
Friday, Aug. 10
10:30 a.m. — 11:15 a.m., Young Readers Center, ground floor
Japanese Story Time
Saturday, Aug. 11
2 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center
"Anime for All" is free programming presented by the Library of Congress. Those interested in supporting free programs at the Library can contact email@example.com.
The Library of Congress is the world's largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.
Cosplay and Costume Weapons Guidelines
The following guidelines of the U.S. Capitol Police will apply:
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