The culture surrounding manga is "so broad and so deep," according to Hannah Elich, that it just "blows (her) away, every week."
Elich, who co-ordinates the Moose Jaw Public Library's youth programs, is spearheading a manga club that allows Moose Jaw's young people to become enraptured with the genre.
"Manga, if you don't know, is the Japanese form of comic artwork," explained Elich. "We have a huge collection of manga in the library, and it's had a huge readership … we were wanting to expand and looking for new ways to incorporate different interests into our youth programming, and manga was an easy decision."
The club isn't just about the animation, but instead is an opportunity for participants to become steeped in Japanese culture, with crafts — including origami and, of course, drawing original manga — and Japanese cuisine also on offer.
Elich said the club has been a good fit because it has given manga fans a place to congregate.
"There are a lot of readers of manga who we didn't know about, because they haven't had anybody to talk to about it … this is a place for them to engage in something that they already love, and a place where they can feel excited about it," she said. "I really enjoy fostering the opportunity for them to feel excited."You can follow Justin Crann on Twitter or like him on Facebook.