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 founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.