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Free Naoko Urasawa Exhibition in London in June and July

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Japan House London on Kensington High Street will display drawings and storyboard by creator of Monster, Pluto and Master Keaton

The Japan House London on Kensington High Street has announced that it will run a free exhibition entitled This is Manga – the Art of Urasawa Naoki, about Naoki Urasawa, the manga artist who created Monster (pictured right), Pluto, Master Keaton, 20th Century Boys and Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl. The exhibition will run from June 5 to July 28.

According to the press release:

"This retrospective exhibition will introduce Urasawa's ideas from inception through development, with more than 400 original drawings and storyboards on display. Selected stories from seven of his major works will be presented, highlighting the breadth of the artist's narrative styles. There'll even be a reading corner with full English translations of his bestselling stories.

"And, through changing displays, four consecutive stories from 'Yawara!' (pictured right) will be presented over the course of the exhibition, one story every two weeks, encouraging you to return again and again to experience the work in the weekly serial style of many Japanese comic anthologies."

The press release adds that the Urasawa exhibition will coincide with the forthcoming Manga exhibition at the British Museum. "Japan House will collaborate with the British Museum on a range of events including anime film screenings, late events, lectures and workshops to be revealed in spring 2019."


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