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Comica MangAsia Comes To Asia House Sat May 18th!

Posted: April 21, 2013

Comica is collaborating with our friends at Asia House in London to bring you Comica MangAsia, a Saturday of talks, workshops, panels, kamishibai paper theatre, cosplayer activities and a Free MangAsia Comiket Fair, all on the theme of manga and Asian comics. This marks the very first time that comics have been included as part of Asia House’s prestigious Festival of Asian Literature.


Comica MangAsia takes place in the three beautifully re-appointed Georgian Fine Rooms of Asia House, not far from Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street tube stations. In Fine Room 1, we’re offering you three fascinating talks starting at 12.30pm. Award-winning expert and Osamu Tezuka biographer Helen McCarthy (above) joins us live from the USA via Skype to guide us through the fascinating migrations and colonisations of comics art across Asia, from manga and anime in Japan to other popular graphic forms in China, Korea, Malaysia and elsewhere.

Then Sarah Rundle (above) will introduce us to Kamishibai or paper theatre, entertaining picture-based stories performed live by bicycling Kamishibai men, touring Japanese villages selling sweets, and present her own re-tellings of a variety of traditional stories. And thirdly and finally, Comica Festival co-director Paul Gravett hosts a lively panel discussion with Kripa Joshi (Nepal), Yishan Li (China), Tim Yu (Taiwan) and Canan Marasligil (Turkey), exploring the connections and differences between different Asian traditions of comics.

You can book an Afternoon Pass for all three talks for only £12, or Concessions £10 or Friends of Asia House £8. Book now on Eventbrite.


We’re also presenting two brilliant Workshops in Cosplay and Manga! Emily Bastian (veteran cosplayer and UK organiser for the World Cosplay Summit, see photo above © Adam Robertson/Bandai Namco) and Adelaide Filippe (cosplayer and professional prop maker / creature artist) lead a three-hour, hands-on workshop where you can have a go at creating your very own cosplay accessories! They’ll be taking us through the basics of putting your own brilliant cosplay costume together - including an introduction to sewing, prop making, wig styling and traditional Japanese clothing. You’ll have a chance to try some of the techniques hands on - bring along your own projects or have a go at making your own cosplay accessories using the materials provided! Everyone who takes part in the workshop will receive a worksheet and fabric sample pack to take home with them. This workshop runs from 1.45 to 4.30pm in the Studio.

Cosplay workshop tickets £10, Concession £8, Friends £7. Tickets can be booked here.

The second Workshop in Fine Room 3 is a Manga Masterclass for 16+. an ‘Inko-redible’ opportunity to learn how to improve your drawing and storytelling from Inko, the popular, widely published Japanese manga artist. Inko has created 19 manga posters for the Embankment tube station in London, and has collaborated with David Blandy on comics, film and animation projects. She recently illustrated the manga Ketsueki (above) written by Richmond Clements (Markosia). Numbers are limited. You are welcome to bring your own manga projects. Art materials supplied.

Manga Masterclass tickets cost £20, Concessions £15, Friends of Asia House £10. Book your places now here!


Also throughout the day from 11.00am to 4.00pm, you can visit our MangAsia Comiket Fair and meet and buy from Asian comics creators and other exhibitors offering their books, posters, original art, personal commissions, cosplay accessories and more. As space is limited to Fine Room 2, we are able to invite only a certain number of exhibitors. There’s delicious catering in the venue too, in Mackwood’s Tea Room (above), offering English afternoon tea treats alongside Asian main courses – curry of the day, sweet and sour chicken, stir fried noodles – and café staples like sandwiches and jacket potatoes. Look out for a Maid cosplayer to welcome you!

When: Saturday May 18th, 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Where: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

Whether you already love manga, anime and other kinds of Asian comics or you’re curious and want to discover and explore these rich traditions and vibrant cultures for yourself, don’t miss the first Comica MangAsia at Asia House. It’s going to be a really enjoyable and memorable day, so see you there!

Comica MangAsia Saturday May 18th 2013
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