Celebrating the World’s Comic Creations

On November 18, 2012, the Foreign Comic Festival took place in Tokyo’s Big Sight exhibition center. Japan’s manga are known around the world, but the cultural streams flow both ways, and comic artists from Europe, North America, and Asia are making their presences felt in Japan too, bringing about new waves in the global manga/comic scene.

“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.

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.

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.

Manga Giant Ōtomo Katsuhiro Meets His European Counterparts

At a lively panel discussion at the International Manga Fest in Tokyo, manga artist Ōtomo Katsuhiro directed a series of probing questions at two artists visiting from France, and brought the appeal of European bandes dessinées into vivid focus for Japanese audiences.

Manga: Not Just in Japan

Although Japanese manga is gaining popularity abroad, Japanese readers have little awareness of comics and similar publications produced abroad. We talk to Frédéric Toutlemonde, a Frenchman who is looking to change this.

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