Press Releases

February 9, 2005

News for Anime Expo 2005:

Anime Expo announces a 24-hour manga library

Anaheim, California (February 8, 2005) — Anime Expo 2005 announces the highly anticipated and eagerly awaited AX Manga Library. Inspired by Eugene Cheng and AnimeNext, the AX Manga Library will be open to attendees 24 hours a day throughout the 2005 Anime Expo. More information is available at

With over 2,000 manga books (donated by VIZ Comics, TokyoPop and manga companies to be announced) available for perusing, the library is designed to help promote manga awareness and reading in young adults. They can check books out to their heart's content. Attendees will be able to read in-between screenings, speaking engagements, events and other activities found at the world's largest anime and manga convention.

Sponsors include Viz Comics, Animerica, Geneon, Bandai Entertainment, ADV Films, Gravity Interactive, Tofu Records, Newtype USA, Anime Network, Deleter, City of Hope, Animation Magazine, Atlus, Ulead Creative Intelligence and Gonzo. Sponsor hotels include Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim Marriott, and Anaheim Coast Hotels.

Located in Anaheim, California - Anime Expo, the world's largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/ manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2005 will be held July 1 – 4, 2005 at the Anaheim Convention Center. More information can be found at its website (

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo.