Thursday, July 25, 2019

Manga comes to London




In our last visit to London, we had the opportunity to visit the recently established Japan House where a great exhibition is taking place from June 5th to July 28th: THIS IS MANGA THE ART OF URASAWA NAOKI. A retrospective of Urasawa's career, from his first drawings when he was four years old to his latest manga works. The visitor gets an inside look at the creative process of the artists, as his manuscripts are show in the many stages they have to go by, before being published. From idea, to sketch, penciling, inking, applying screen-tones and coloring. 

It's not common for the general public to have a chance to see an original manga manuscript in person, Japanese artist generally don't sell their manuscripts to individual collectors the way comic book artist do in the US, so the only place to be able to see them is in a museum when an exhibition of this kind takes place. The thing is that even those kind of events are somehow common in Japan, they usually don't leave the country. This time not only the exhibition but the artist visited London the week the exhibition opened and special evening took place presented by Wired UK in which Urasawa talked with Matt Kamen and then  played the guitar and sang songs composed by himself.

Luckily, this summer, not only one, but two major Manga exhibitions of this kind took place in London. Apart from Urasawa's aforementioned solo exhibition, the British Museum organized THE CITI EXHIBITION: MANGAマンガ that runs form May 23rd to August 26th, 2019. The manuscripts on display  in this one comprehend a selection of the  biggest names in the industry, starting with Urasawa himself and continuing with world renown manga artists such as Katsuhiro Otomo and Akira Toriyama among many others.

Both exhibitions where accompanied by great catalogs. Urasawa's exhibition was previously held in Japan a couple of years ago and the catalog is only in Japanese while the British museum exhibition's catalog is in English.


浦沢直樹 描いて描いて描きまくる
Urasawa naoki egaite egaite kaki makuru (JAPANESE EDITION)

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Shogakukan (小学館)
Release date: 2016-I-27
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 265
Size: 25.8 x 18.2 x 2.3 cm
Retail price: ¥2,700
ISBN-10: 409199041X
ISBN-13: 978-4091990419

AVAILABILITY
Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/32RT3XC
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Yl13wy
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2LE1ekZ
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2MjHSBb
Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2Yl0NxA
Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2Y3kEGw
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2LIld1R
Amazon ES: https://amzn.to/2MghTdI


The Citi Exhibition: MANGA マンガ (ENGLISH EDITION)

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Release date: 2019-V-23
Language: English
Number of pages: 352
Size: 19.3 x 3.3 x 26.2 cm
Retail price: £29.95
ISBN-10: 0500480494
ISBN-13: 978-0500480496

AVAILABILITY
Amazon JP: https://amzn.to/2K7MHdN
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2JQnfea
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2SDZj0c
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2Y5s4J5
Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2MfYmtV
Amazon FR: https://amzn.to/2SD3qd7
Amazon IT: https://amzn.to/2SEnwDE
Amazon ES: https://amzn.to/2Y0sPmK