The Anime Club at the Abington Community Library is a group built on diversity, with members who thrive on being different and unique. They explained they are united by their common nerd interests, such as anime, manga and BBC television shows Doctor Who, Sherlock and Supernatural.
They are quick to defend themselves from stereotypes and misconceptions such as anime fans are all freaks and all manga is inappropriate.
The Anime Club is unique in their shared interest of anime and manga, which is unique in and of itself, said Young Adult Librarian Sandy Longo. They are some of the most welcoming and non-judgmental to newcomers and they are always willing to introduce and/or share their favorite anime and manga with anyone.
The club meets yearround every Friday at the library from 4 to 6 p.m. and welcomes newcomers. Members estimated a regular meeting attendance of about 10 to 15 people and a Facebook group membership of 32. The atmosphere is laid back and members talk about their interests, play games and sometimes watch videos.
The club members are currently planning an Anime Mini-Convention, scheduled for Nov, 17 at the library from 6 to 9 p.m. The event, which is organized by Tiffany Davis, 20, as a project for college, will include video games, card games, movies, an anime art gallery, Japanese and American snacks, manga and anime library display and more.
• Anime is defined by merriam-webster.com as a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes. The word originates from the term Japanese animation, or animçshiyon
• Manga is a literary cousin to anime, and is defined by merriam-webster.com as a Japanese comic book or graphic novel.