Mana-Con Art Challenge Announced

 Mana-Con Art Challenge Call for Submissions


MANATEE COUNTY, FL (September 19, 2016) – As part of its Seventh Annual Mana-Con Comics Convention taking place on Saturday, October 22, Manatee County Public Libraries announced today an Art Challenge, based on the 2016 Mana-Con poster, designed by local graffiti and mural artist, Richie Brasil.


Contestants are asked to pick up copies of the 2016 Mana-Con poster (available in sizes of 11x13 and 26x32) from any of Manatee County Public Libraries’ six locations and color, paint or embellish it. Embellishment includes creating 3D art, making a zine or creating an entirely new design, using Brasil’s design as inspiration.


Contestants will be grouped into three age categories: 8 to 12, 13 to 19 and 20 and Up. Winners will receive signed copies of Brasil’s poster and a collectors’ edition Mana-Con T-shirt.


With this year’s Mana-Con theme being Art and Color, Ericka Dow, Information Services Supervisor and Mana-Con Chair, said the library wants to celebrate art in as many forms as possible by challenging the community to transform the Mana-Con poster.


“We are very excited by this opportunity for the public to interact with a piece of locally produced art in this way. Richie really blew us away with his design, which I have dubbed #LightHeartedDarkSide, and we want everyone to have fun and get creative with it,” said Dow.


Dow suggests that contestants contact their library ahead of time if they are interested in the 26x32 size to make sure they are in stock.


Submissions are due by 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 8. Finalists will be chosen in each age group, and will be voted on by the public (online and at all library locations) between October 12 and October 20. Winners in each age group will be announced at Mana-Con Comics Convention on Saturday, October 22.


For complete details, go to or call 941-748-5555, x6311.


About the Manatee County Public  Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. Last year, the Library System was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.7 million times (a record high) and provided 2,000 informational and educational programs which served an estimated 47,000 customers. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit, follow them at or twitter @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov