Japan House exhibition “This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA” opening Jan. 23

Japan House Los Angeles Exhibition
This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA

January 23 – March 28, 2019
Mon – Sat: 10AM – 8PM
Sun: 10AM – 7PM
Closed: Feb. 24 for Academy Awards

Japan House Gallery (Level 2)
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Level 2, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Fee: Complimentary

(800) 516-0565
www.japanhouse.jp

Since his professional debut in 1983, Naoki Urasawa has continually pushed the limits of the manga medium, engaging readers with his innovative compositional techniques and versatile drawing prowess, as he creates highly engrossing works that are both introspective and philosophical. Urasawa is considered a modern manga master, combining dynamic storytelling and transcendent artistic skill in his development of rich and sophisticated characters. His stories touch upon the hopes, dreams, and at times underlying fears of humanity.

Manga Artist Naoki Urasawa was born in Tokyo in 1960. Urasawa made his debut with BETA!! in 1983, and has authored many works since, such as YAWARA!, MONSTER, 20th Century Boys, and BILLY BAT (Story co-creator: Takashi Nagasaki) among others.

After garnering renewed popularity more recently with MUJIRUSHI (The Sign of Dreams, with the cooperation of Fujio Productions), a collaborative project with the Louvre Museum, Urasawa is currently writing a new series, ASADORA! in the weekly Big Comic Spirits (published by Shogakukan).

His work is now published in more than 20 countries, with Japanese circulation alone recorded at a total of 127 million copies.

Domestically, he has received the Shogakukan Manga Award three times and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, as well as numerous awards abroad including the Angouleme International Cartoon Festival Intergenerational Award and multiple Eisner Awards for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia category.

In addition, as a musician, he has composed numerous works in the folk rock genre, performing live with his band and releasing two albums to date. His music has been frequently used as theme music for the film and television adaptations of his manga work.

This is MANGA exhibition
Presented and Organized by: JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles / The Yomiuri Shimbun
Sponsored by: Shimizu Octo
In cooperation with: N WOOD STUDIO / SHOGAKUKAN / KODANSHA / POMATO PRO. / Yamato Global Logistics Japan / ANA / Bay Bridge Studio / AGASUS / VIZ Media
Special assistance provided by: Takashi Nagasaki / Kazuya Kudo / Hokusei Katsushika / Tezuka Productions Co. / Fujio Productions
Art Direction by: Kaitaro Kiuchi (POMATO PRO.)
Curatorial support provided by: Stephane Beaujean (Art Director of the Angouleme International Comics Festival)

Related Event
January 23, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Book Signing
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00pm
Venue: JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2
Registration*: NOT necessary.
*Participation is limited to the first 50 guests who make a purchase from a selection of Urasawa manga books at the JAPAN HOUSE Monozukuri Shop. Purchase is required.
No outside books or fan material.

Artist Talk – Drawing My World: An Interview with Naoki Urasawa
Time: 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Venue:  JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5
Registration*:  Waiting List https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naoki-urasawa-artist-talk-tickets-53929552744
The evening Artist Talk will be a lively interview with the Naoki Urasawa, moderated by award winning manga researcher and translator Fredrik L. Schodt. During the interview, Urasawa will be illustrating his responses projected on a screen above the conversation.

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