Kyoto manga museum features German comics

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Two events at the Kyoto International Manga Museum are putting the spotlight on Germany’s flourishing comic culture as part of celebrations marking 150 years of friendship between Japan and Germany.

An exhibition called “13 German Comic Artists: From Alternative Comics to Manga” offers a chance to understand the rich variety of German comics, tracing the history of the genre from pioneering avant-garde artists to up-and-coming contemporary authors.

Although Germany boasts a rich comic heritage, German comics and artists have by and large remained unknown in Japan.

A manga workshop titled “Nichimandoku” (Japan-manga-Germany) will be held on Oct. 2 between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the museum. Two German artists, Dirk Schwieger and Christina Plaka, and Japanese manga author Waka Matsuoka will join the program and talk about their joint Nichimandoku project.

The Kyoto museum has previously drawn attention to France’s “bande dessinee” comic tradition.

For detailed information, visit the Kyoto International Manga Museum’s official website at (http://www.kyotomm.jp/english/).

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