This October will see The Japan Foundation host a manga talk titled “Manga: The New Generation” at the Foyles Bookstore (map below) in London. Hosted by Ken Niimura (I Kill Giants, image above) and Miki Yamamoto (Sunny Sunny Ann) on the 17th October, the talk will look to ‘explore the diversity and power of Manga and the innovations which young talented Manga artists from Japan may produce.’
The Japan Foundation provides the following overview of the event:
“This October, the Japan Foundation welcomes two promising artists, Ken Niimura and Miki Yamamoto, to illustrate their works in this talk event as well as to discuss their influences and new trends within the current world of Manga. It coincides with their first exhibition at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal till November 7th, organised in association with the Japan Foundation. Together with Paul Gravett, curator, writer on comics and co-director of Comica.London, they will also explore the diversity and power of Manga and the innovations which young talented Manga artists from Japan may produce.”
- Ken Niimura
Ken Niimura is a Manga artist and winner of the Golden Prize in the 5th International Manga Award. His work I Kill Giants has been confirmed for film adaptation following its international success.
- Miki Yamamoto
Miki Yamamoto is Assistant Professor of Art and Design at the University of Tsukuba, Manga artist and researcher. Her works include Sunny Sunny Ann which received the 17th Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize Creative Award.
The event is free to attend but bookings must be made in advance. For bookings, follow this link to the Eventbrite page.