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Manga in the spotlight at Cheltenham Literature Festival

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 circulationsContinue reading Manga in the spotlight at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Bryan Talbot,  Chie Kutsuwada join British Library “Alice in Wonderland” celebrations

To coincide with the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at the British Library in London, comic creator Bryan Talbot, author of Alice in Sunderland, will join leading comics authority Paul Gravett and manga artist Chie Kutsuwada on a panel discussion titled “Alice’s Adventures in Comicland” on Friday 26th February 2016, (6.30 – 8.00pm). Over the pastContinue reading Bryan Talbot,  Chie Kutsuwada join British Library “Alice in Wonderland” celebrations

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Kendal Calling: Shojo artist Chie Kutsuwada

  Continuing our spotlights of the guests attending the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October 2015, we’re profiling Brighton-based Shojo artist Chie Kutsuwada. Chie Kutsuwada is a popular manga artist based in Brighton who was born and brought up in Japan. After graduating Royal College of Art, London, now she is based in Brighton, working as a professional manga artist. She createsContinue reading Kendal Calling: Shojo artist Chie Kutsuwada

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

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Takes Manga to the Max!

  This year’s Lakes International Comics Art Festival will drop you into the fascinating world of Japanese manga and anime, bringing one of the acclaimed creators of Shojo (girl’s manga) to Britain, in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre, the Daiwa Foundation, the GB Sasakawa Foundation and the Kyoto International Manga Museum. In the 1960s, Shojo was seen as a lowContinue reading Lakes International Comic Art Festival Takes Manga to the Max!

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Graphic Brighton returns in May, Drawing in the Margins

  This year’s Graphic Brighton weekend at the University of Brighton City Campus takes place on 1st – 2nd May, presented by the University of Brighton and fine publishers Myriad Editions, and includes panels, discussions and workshops. Following last year’s event which explored the work of local artists and included Chris Riddell and David Lloyd as guests,Continue reading Graphic Brighton returns in May, Drawing in the Margins