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Big Comic Magazine Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Kyoto Manga Museum

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Shōnen Jump isn't the only manga magazine celebrating 50 years of publication this year. Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits, first published in 1968, is also turning half a century old. The seinen magazine has been home to Maison Ikkoku, Goodnight Punpun, I am a Hero, Crying Freeman, Gō Nagai's Iron Virgin Jun, Area 88, My Name Is Shingo, 20th Century Boys, and Birdy the Mighty, just to name a few. The publication is planning and exhibition at Kyoto Manga Museum to relive the magazine's biggest highlights.

The "Big Comic 50th Anniversary Exhibition: A Half Century of Big Footprints" will open on June 9 and run until September 2. Production materials and panels from the magazine's catalog will be on display in six different areas. Works that will go on display include Osamu Tezuka's Swallowing the Earth, Takao Saitō's Golgo 13, Shotaro Ishimori's Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae, Fujiko F. Fujio's Minotaurs no Sara, Mikio Igarashi's Kamurobamura-e, Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki, and Shinichi Ishizuka's Blue Giant Supreme.

The museum will also hold a talk event on opening day with manga creator Shinichi Ishizuka and Akira Saso (Shindō, Maestro). Visitors need to grab a numbered ticket from inside the museum on June 9 starting at 10 a.m. to gain entry to the talk session.

Source: Comic Natalie

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