Comics-Themed Activities at Target Free Family Saturday


“Zap, Pow, Bam!” is the theme of the next Target Free Family Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo, on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986,” the event will feature comics-themed crafts and activities.

Anime from the 1920s and 1930s will be shown.

Anime from the 1920s and 1930s will be shown.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Join Kidding Around the Kitchen for an assemble-it-yourself popcorn snack to enjoy while watching vintage Japanese anime.

11:30 a.m.: Curator Jeff Yang will guide families of all ages in a gallery talk of the “Marvels and Monsters” exhibition that is sure to keep even the little ones engaged.

12-3 p.m.: Turn yourself into a comic-book character with a caricature drawn by Cartoon Slinger (for children only; line ends at 2:30 p.m.).

12 and 2:30 p.m.: Join curator Jeff Yang and artists Jeremy Arambulo and A.L. Baroza for “Build a Hero” (12 p.m.) and “Build a Villain” (2:30 p.m.) — interactive events where they’ll lead the audience in collaboratively creating an original comic book super-character who’ll be drawn in real time by comic artists from the “Secret Identities” and “Shattered” anthologies. Book-signing to follow each session.

1-2 p.m.: “Our American Voice,” a special two-person show exploring six diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans, will be performed in the “I Want the Wide American Earth” exhibition gallery. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

1- 4 p.m.: Team up with your buddies to take down villains in superhero video games brought to you by GameTruck.

All-day activities:

• Sit back and enjoy vintage Japanese anime at its earliest roots from the 1920s and 1930s.

• It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s you! Decorate a super-stylin’ superhero cape.

• Keep your secret identity hidden by making a superhero mask.

• After you create your superhero costume, capture yourself in action at the complimentary photo booth.

• At Ruthie’s Origami Corner, come make a baby pterodactyl.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit



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