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A Brief History of Manga by Helen McCarthy


Helen McCarthy talks about her new book from Ilex Press, inspired by a charity event after the Great East Japan earthquake in 2011. A Brief History of Manga does exactly what it says on the small but perfectly formed cover - takes you on a whirlwind tour of this cultural smorgasbord’s surprisingly cosmopolitan history. From an Englishman, a Frenchman and an Aussie on a gap year to the Benedict Cumberbatch version of Japan’s fascination with Sherlock Holmes (and yes, that’s the right word order,) the journey of manga is a ride packed with thrills, spills and surprises, especially when you zoom through all 150 years at a breakneck pace with no seatbelt. Don’t miss it.

Ticket holders can also visit The Cartoon Museum exhibition Gekiga: Alternative Manga from Japan for the special price of £2. The exhibition continues until November 29th.

In association with The Cartoon Museum, London

Tickets: Free but please book!
Where: Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell St., WC1A 2HH
When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 6.30-7.30pm

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