Yukiko Kai - Kikka no Tayori (The Chrysanthemum Letter). Art by and © Keiko Takemiya

Southport Goes Shojo (Shojo Manga, that is)

A stunning shojo exhibition hits Southport, Lancashire on Saturday, offering an amazing display of art. It’s the first major exhibition of Japanese girls’ manga to tour the UK, presented in association with the Kyoto International Manga Museum, some of it seen at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival last year. This exhibition at The Atkinson – a venueContinue reading Southport Goes Shojo (Shojo Manga, that is)

Comics fans wait patiently for events to start at the Brewery Arts Centre. Photo courtesy Lakes International Comic Art Festival

2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Date Announced

The dates for next year’s annual Lakes International Comic Art Festival have been announced after its 2015 event proved a massive success once again at the weekend, attracting both comic creators and fans from around the globe – and some 14,000 visitors. Visitor numbers for the Festival were again higher than previous years, with an anticipated footfallContinue reading 2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival Date Announced

Syaoran Li and Syaoran Li from Cardcaptor Sakura. Cardcaptors, Cardcaptor Sakura © Clamp, NHK, Kondasha.

Not Just for Girls: Five Shojo Manga picks and a Competition, too!

Shojo (sometimes spelt Shoujo or Shoujou) means girl in Japanese, but that doesn’t mean Shojo comics can be enjoyed only by girls. In Britain and, increasingly, Japan, shojo’s stories are enjoyed by men as well. Here are five shojo comics that have clear cross-gender appeal, picked out by Misha Begley – and check out our competition toContinue reading Not Just for Girls: Five Shojo Manga picks and a Competition, too!

Hoshino Yukinobu (b. 1954), Rainman. Ink on paper, 2015. JTI Japanese Acquisition Fund, 2015,3024.1 © Hoshino Yukinobu.

British Museum to host Manga Now: Three Generations Exhibition

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Asahi Shimbun sponsorship, the British Museum’s Asahi Shimbun Gallery is to host Manga Now: Three Generations from September, an exhibition featuring newly commissioned and recent works by a trio of celebrated Japanese manga artists: Chiba Tetsuya, Hoshino Yukinobu and Nakamura Hikaru. The display – accompanied by a number of manga-related events whichContinue reading British Museum to host Manga Now: Three Generations Exhibition

Uryudo Yumebanashi (Uryudo Dream Tales). Art by and © Akiko Hatsu

Exploring Shojo Manga, the World of Japanese Girls’ Comics

Coming up in October is a great exhibition that’s part of this year’s  Lakes International Comic Art Festival – the first major exhibition of Japanese shojo (girls’) manga in the UK in association with Japan’s Kyoto International Manga Museum. The exhibition’s aim is to  introduce the world of Japanese “shojo” (girls’) manga through elaborate replica (“Genga’ (Dash)”) prints developed jointly byContinue reading Exploring Shojo Manga, the World of Japanese Girls’ Comics