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Sunday, January 20, 2019

This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA

Japan House is upping it's game in the new year. We're already seeing a rise in events and heck, we're getting one that actually involves manga! Did they possibly pass up making a greater impact with some sort of connection to the Dragon Ball Super Premiere being right at the Chinese Theater last month, yes. But, they are trying.

This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA starts up soon and gives us a nice look at the work of artist Naoki Urasawa, who will be here in person for a few events.

This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 23 -Mar, 28, 2019
Time: 10 am - 8 pm daily, except Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
Location:  JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028  (located at Hollywood & Highland)
Phone: 800.516.0565
Cost: FREE

Check out some of the details we grabbed from the press release:

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is pleased to present the work of manga artist, Naoki Urasawa. The exhibition, ‘This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA’ marks the first North American exhibition for the internationally acclaimed Japanese artist. Urasawa is considered a modern master, combining dynamic storytelling and transcendent artistic skill in his development of rich and sophisticated characters.

This retrospective exhibition will introduce Urasawa’s ideas from inception through development, with an extraordinary presentation of more than 400 original drawings and storyboards, called ne-mu in Japan (from the English “name”). Selected stories from seven of his major works will be presented, highlighting the breadth of the artist’s narrative styles, including: YAWARA!, MONSTER, 20th Century Boys, PLUTO, BILLY BAT, MASTER KEATON ReMASTER (Story by Takashi Nagasaki), and MUJIRUSHI (The Sign of Dreams, with the cooperation of Fujio Productions).

Related Programs with Naoki Urasawa
Naoki Urasawa Book Signing
Date:   January 23
Time:   6 – 7 p.m.
Venue: JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2
Fee:   Book purchase at the JAPAN HOUSE “monozukuri shop”

Drawing My World: An Interview with Naoki Urasawa
Date:   January 23
Time:   7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5
Fee:   Complimentary

Related Programs
JAPAN HOUSE will offer interactive drawing workshops complementing the North American debut of the “This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA” exhibition with Los Angeles-based animator and illustrator, MinoMiyabi, for all ages. Information to be released soon on
  • Character Drawing for Kids! (February 2, March 2)
  • Elements of Character Designs for Manga & Comics (February 2, March 2)
  • Compositions & Panel Layouts: “Koma-Wari” for Manga & Comics (February 9)
  • “Chara-Cature!” Your Caricature as a Manga Character (February 9)