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2 California Exhibits, 1 in NYC Highlight Anime/Manga

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is currently showing two exhibitions highlighting anime and manga.

The first exhibition, "Drawing the Sword: Samurai in Manga and Anime," explores the "evolution of Japanese artistic traditions by demonstrating the ever-changing image of the iconic samurai." The exhibit juxtaposes 19th-century woodblock prints with 21st-century animation production cels and drawings. Titles on display throughout the exhibit include Afro Samurai, Bleach, Evangelion, Gundam, Rurouni Kenshin, Samurai Champloo, Samurai Jack, Lone Wolf and Cub, Usagi Yojimbo, and Wolverine. This exhibition runs at the museum from January 16 to May 2, 2010.

The second exhibition, "Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow," is hosting a selection from the Batman manga adaptation which Jiro Kuwata wrote and illustrated from 1966 to 1967. Chip Kidd's Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan translated and published some of Kuwata's work in 2008. This exhibition runs at the museum from January 30 to June 6, 2010. Kidd will make an appearance during the exhibition, although the details of his visit are yet to be determined. The ICv2 reported last month that a second volume of Chip Kidd's Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan is in the works after Kidd received "a verbal nod from everybody involved."

In addition, the Japan Society Gallery in New York will host an exhibition titled "Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi." Utagawa is considered a forerunner to contemporary manga artists. More than 150 of Utagawa's works will be on show during the exhibition. The exhibition will run from March 12 to June 13, 2010.

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