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Manga in the spotlight at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival - The Manga Phenomenon Chie Kutsuwada, Fumo Obata and Paul Gravett head up “The Manga Phenomenon” at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival on Friday 5th October 2018.

as regular downthetubes readers know, Manga is big business in Japan. Comics make up nearly 40% of the sales of all publications and several weekly manga magazines have among the highest circulations of any magazines.

Comics expert, curator and author of Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics Paul Gravett brings together manga artists Chie Kutsuwada and Fumio Obata whose work ranges from manga adaptations of Shakespeare to reportage manga about the aftermath of Fukushima.

The Manga Phenomenon – 6.15pm – 7.15pm,Friday 5th October 2018, The Nook | £8 plus booking fee -booking and event details here on the Cheltenham Literature Festival web site

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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