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Shojo Manga Festival in Kendal October

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Also, Comic Art Festival with manga and anime-related events from 16 to 18

The Brewery Arts Centre (map), based in Kendal (Cumbria) in the Lake District, is running a Shojo Manga Festival from October 2 to November 1 and a Comic Art Festival from October 16 to 18.

The Comic Art Festival will feature the following manga and anime events.

Friday October 16 - 6 p.m The Tale of the Princess Kaguya screening.

Saturday October 17 - 10.30 a.m. The Wonderful World of Manga presentation.

Saturday October 17 - 12.15 p.m. Kiki's Delivery Service screening.

Saturday October 17 - 2.30 p.m. Shojo A Girl's World presentation.

Sunday October 18 - 10.30 a.m. Live from Kyoto: an Introduction to Drawing Manga

Sunday October 18 - 1 p.m. Manga: The Next Step presentation.

Shojo Manga Festival details:

We are proud to present the first major exhibition of Japanese shojo (girls') manga in the UK in association with the Kyoto International Manga Museum. This exhibition introduces the world of Japanese "shojo" (girls') manga through elaborate replica ("Genga' (Dash)") prints developed jointly by Kyoto Seika University's International Manga Research Centre and the manga artist Keiko Takemiya, Principle of Kyoto Seika University. Genga' (Dash) prints are copies of original artworks that have been faithfully reproduced aiming to conserve original manga artwork which is easily damaged and worn.

This exhibition features the work of 3 of these artists – Akiko Hatsu, Keiko Takemiya and Yukiko Kai. It will be accompanied by examples of work by a further 17 artists who have helped shape the world of shojo manga since it began.

The 1970s were known as a turning point in the history of shojo manga, when artists such as Takemiya emerged on the scene turning what had previously been seen as a "low" form of manga into a cultural genre to rival literature. She published many shojo manga exploring new themes such as young homosexual love ("The Poem of Wind and Trees") and science fiction ("To Terra").

Yukiko Kai was part of the wave of innovative manga artists working in Japan in the 1970s as well as one of the driving forces behind that wave. Her work covers a range of themes from science fiction fantasy through to romantic tales set outside of Japan as well as strongly Japanese creations themed around Noh theatre. Her drawing skills make her a noted artist and she was appreciated particularly by other manga artists. Tragically she died at the age of 26 and as a result only short story versions of her work remain. Their beauty, however, is truly worth being communicated outside of Japan.

Akiko Hatsu is the younger sister of Yukiko Kai and currently works full time as a manga artist.


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