New Sakura of America Pigma Sensei Manga Drawing Kit Sets Sights on Beginners and Artists

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Reacting to the wave of interest in manga, Pigma® Sensei™ Manga Drawing set is available now for retailers, distributors and wholesalers to order; the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) is $12.98 U.S. The set contains four nib styles of Pigma black ink pens, a mechanical pencil and eraser, and is targeted to beginners and as a rough concept kit to artists. Pigma ink has been used by manga professionals for over 25 years. Manga artists and beginners can find retailers and product details at sakuraofamerica.com.

Evidence that manga continues to be a growing interest in mainstream America is found on online sources. ICv2 forecasts 1,731 new volumes of manga to be released in 2008, an 18% increase over 2007. Manga 2008 coverage by About.com touts that a wider variety of publishers will deliver original English language manga, and manga for grown-ups. Reacting to the wave of interest in manga, Sakura Color Products of America, Inc. (Sakura), the inventor of Pigma® ink, announced today its new product the Pigma® Sensei™ Manga Drawing Set.

Pigma Sensei is available now for wholesalers, distributors, and retailers to order with a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $12.98. As a sponsor and official writing instrument of the Grand Sumo Tournament in Los Angeles, Sakura promotes the six piece manga drawing set to beginners and artists desiring the high quality performance of Pigma ink. The company incorporated manga illustrations in its Yoi-Sho!: A Beginners Guide to Sumo pamphlet for students and families.

Learning to illustrate can be inspired, rather than a struggle, when using the right tools. "Pigma ink has been used by manga professionals for over 25 years," states Peter Ouyang, Sakura Vice President of Product Development and Marketing. "The best way for beginners to learn the manga style is to have access to the tools needed to illustrate. Now they do with the all-in-one Pigma Sensei Manga Drawing Set. "

Artists benefit from having a drawing set on-hand to do rough concepts and sketching. "I constantly travel to anime conventions. I'm really thrilled with the arrival of Pigma Sensei because the set includes pens, pencil and eraser to cover all my art needs," states Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang, founder of P.M.B.Q. Studios. "The tools feel great to draw with and perform well, something you wouldn't normally expect at this price point."

The new six piece Pigma® Sensei™ Manga Drawing Set contains black ink pens, a mechanical pencil and eraser:

One Pigma® Sensei™ 0.3 mm fine tip pen
One Pigma® Sensei™ 0.6 mm bullet tip pen
One Pigma® Sensei™ 1.0 mm bold tip
One Pigma® Sensei™ 0.4 mm plastic tip
One 0.7 mm fixed sleeve mechanical pencil
One white block eraser for graphite lead

Available now, the Pigma® Sensei™ Manga drawing kit, item number 50200, is packaged in a peggable, clam shell package, and sold with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of:
$12.98 U.S. The items in the drawing kit are not sold individually.

Pigma® Sensei™ is certified non-toxic by the Arts & Creative Materials Institute with the "AP" seal of approval.

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