Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics

Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics will present the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms, much of them rarely if ever shown outside their country of origin. Mangasia is the first exhibition to explore the nexus of creativity in comic art across Asia, and the ways in which these ‘Wonderlands of Asian Comics’ connect and contrast in all their dynamism. From historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, Mangasia presents an overview of Asian comic history by spotlighting key creators and characters, magazines and graphic novels, multi-media and related issues.

The exhibition will also reveal the creative processes that underlie their production, from scripts, sketches and layouts to finished pages. Curated by Paul Gravett and a team of over twenty advisors, Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics will survey the entire realm of this new comics continent of ‘Mangasia’, through artwork from Japan, North and South Korea, India, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Singapore, as well as emerging comics cultures in Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Mongolia and Vietnam.

Thematic sections will contrast the diversity of fantastical folklore, real history and daring experimentation in comics from across the whole region. The exhibition will explore precursors of comics found in Asia’s visual narrative traditions and also their continuing impact beyond the printed page on live-action and animated film and television, music, games, fashion and contemporary art.

Mangasia also presents a specific focus on the expanding opportunities created by rapid technological innovations to reveal how 21st-century artists are using digital tools and online delivery to transform the creation and consumption of comics.


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Mangasia future cities


Rome, Italy (Oct 2017 – Jan 2018)
Nantes, France (Jun – Sep 2018)