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“Blacksad” Comic Series Wins Fans in Japan

Foreign comics are finally beginning to gain ground in Japan, thanks in part to the International Manga Fest, launched in 2012. In 2013 the festival welcomed Juanjo Guarnido, a Spanish comic artist who resides in France. The artist told us about the influences that Japanese manga have had on his work.
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Comic Connections: Urasawa Naoki Talks with Top European Artists

The first International Manga Fest saw several panel discussions that thrilled audiences with talk and insight from top Japanese and foreign artists. Urasawa Naoki sat down with the famous combination of Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten, leading European creators of bandes dessinées.
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Emmanuel Lepage: Bringing Something New to BDs

A prizewinning French creator of the comics known as bandes dessinées, Emmanuel Lepage came to Japan for the first time in late 2012. There he met his hero of the manga world, Ōtomo Katsuhiro, and spoke to us about his art and sources of inspiration.
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Manga Makes It to Academia

Manga has grown from its beginnings in Japan to become a global phenomenon. Its growing influence is reflected in academia, where manga-related research is on the rise. One of the pioneers in this field is the German scholar Jaqueline Berndt, the vice-director of Kyoto Seika University’s International Manga Research Center. We talked with her to learn more about how she became interested in manga and her approach to manga research.
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