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British Museum Manga Exhibition + The Art of Urasawa NaokiBritish Museum Manga Exhibition + The Art of Urasawa NaokiDiary

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Edit Feb 2020: tinypic died, so I uploaded the photos to imgbb!




I'm waiting on a package that's taking forever to make another loot post, but I thought maybe someone would be interested in this. So the British Museum in London is hosting a Manga Exhibition that opened on May 23rd. They even invited a few authors and editors to have some lectures, which is pretty cool.

At the same time, the Japan House in London decided to invite Urasawa Naoki (!!!) and have an exhibition dedicated to him. Manga is not big in the UK compared to other European countries, so I was really excited!

Photos were taken with my phone so they're not very nice. Sorry!


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Don't ask me why they decided to use Golden Kamuy (and Asirpa) to promote the exhibition, but they did. It's a nice choice anyway. If you're not a member it costs £20 to enter... which is A LOT. But, well, they have quite a bit of cool stuff, so if you are interested in manga I'd recommend going.


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The layout and decoration of the exhibition was really nice, though a bit cramped (especially the beginning). Makes sense considering they were attempting to go through the whole history of manga - from its origins, Tezuka, its evolution, modern manga and even touching subjects such as doujinshi. Really ambitious to say the least.


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Lots of original works were on display, from an diverse array of manga-ka. Here you can see some by Hagio Moto (author of They Were Eleven and part of the Year 24 Group) who incidentally was also invited to talk at the Japan House. I managed to attend and it was super interesting.


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There were these super cool kind of displays throughout the exhibition, featuring a bunch of authors. I've never read JoJo's Bizarre Adventure but I've always liked the art.


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They weren't lacking in recent works, either. Here you can see some original artwork by Oda Eiichiro (One Piece), but there were also works by Higashimura Akiko (Princess Jellyfish), Nakamura Hikaru (Saint Young Men), Kishimoto Masashi (Naruto), Aoyama Gosho (Meitantei Conan) and of course Noda Satoru (Golden Kamuy), among others.

There was also a lot by Inoue Takehiko (Slam Dunk, Real) including some original drawings for the exhibition, but he was the only author that didn't want anything photographed so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I was sad there was nothing by Arakawa Hiromu. :( Square Enix wasn't present at all so Fullmetal Alchemist was unlikely, but there was some Shogakukan so Silver Spoon could have been possible. Oh well.


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There was a good mix of older and newer stuff in general. Here you can see some pretty pages by Takemiya Keiko (Terra E...), but they also had illustrations by other classic authors like Takeuchi Naoko (Sailor Moon) and Takahashi Yoichi (Captain Tsubasa).

Surprisingly, there was nothing by Takahashi Rumiko... which was kind of weird considering she's one of the most well-known manga-ka around the world. :-/


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They also had a shop for the exhibition! (and you can visit it even if you don't have tickets) They had a nice selection, including some merchandising made for the museum. I got myself a Golden Kamuy tote bag and a nice Saint Young Men postcard. :)

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But to be completely honest, I was more excited for the Art of Urasawa Naoki exhibition at the Japan House ❤️ I've been a fan of his for quite a while and I can't believe I was able to meet him!


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For those who don't know, the Japan House is a mix of shop, exhibition centre, café and auditorium, and they change displays several times a year. On the ground floor they have some decorations (including that Friend mannequin in the photo above), several drawings on walls/glass Urasawa did during his visit, plus a small shop section with several of his works (in both Japanese and English) and some goods.

This floor is also where he did the book signing.


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The exhibition itself is one floor below and this is what welcomes you at the entrance. :D


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There were SO MANY original manuscripts, color illustrations and even early designs and rejected drafts! It was amazing. For example here's a Pluto illustration where you could see his steps before the final drawing.


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You could also find little drawings on the walls he made while visiting! This is from Billy Bat.


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There was A LOT of 20th Century Boys on display, which makes sense since it's one of his most popular works. Not complaining, I love 20thCB. :)


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And of course lots of Monster too! There were giant displays you could take photos with (including a huge Tenma vs Johan face off) and even a rejected draft of the ending. Monster may be my favorite manga of his??? Pretty close with 20thCB though.


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This was a really cool display in the middle of the room with panels of all his works. Didn't want to bore you with a million photos, but every other work of his was represented: Yawara!, Happy!, Pineapple Army, Master Keaton and even his most recent Asadora! You could even see some original illustrations not from any series.

The exhibition is also full of these displays where you can read a chunk of every work of his, but you weren't allowed to photograph that. Be aware that there are some big spoilers for Monster (the ending lmao) and 20thCB if you decide to go and you haven't read them.


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So... I couldn't attend his talk/Q&A because it was already sold out, but I managed to get (free!!!!) tickets for his All Talking All Singing All Drawing! URASAWA Naoki Live in Concert ❤️ It was AMAZING jhs;asj Basically he alternated playing songs from his albums (plus T-Rex's 20th Century Boys OF COURSE), drawing on a projector and telling some nice autobiographical stories. He even played us a new song from his upcoming album. I wasn't expecting him to be such a talented and charming performer tbh, I loved it SO much.


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This is the stuff I bought from the shop. You had to buy something for him to sign, but since I already have most of his manga I got myself his Official Guidebook which I didn't own already. Can't read most of it, but it's really cool anyway. I also got a really pretty 20th Century Boys clear file. :)


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And this is his signature! He was such a nice and super cool person, he talked to all of us (via an interpreter) and shook our hands before we left. Never thought I'd be able to get Urasawa's autograph, let alone talk to him a bit! AAAAAAAAh it was amazingg

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Anyway! Hope you enjoyed my tragic excitement over all this lmao. The Manga Exhibition at the British Museum is open until August 26th, so if you can spare £20 and would enjoy a sample of original manuscripts by a bunch of manga-ka, a brief history of manga and some other nice stuff I'd recommend it.

On the other hand if you're in London before July 28th please do go to see the Urasawa exhibition at the Japan House. IT'S FREE AND AMAZING. :)
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hamsterfactor4 kuukautta sitten#75470788I had completely forgotten I have an imgbb account! I've uploaded the photos over there, so you can now see them if you want. :) Thanks a lot!

Ah cool, so you know more about imgbb than I do. xD I have only uploaded things so far anonymously, does having an account add a lot?

I could now check out your blog, thanks! :D The exhibition is so nice and the concert so cool and unique!!! Lovely experience. :)
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Maakie4 kuukautta sitten#75451668I actually got burned myself recently too with loosing all my image hosting. :( So I'm not an expert on it, but recently started using imgbb.com/ and if you can still see the pictures here: BLOG #42364 that means that at least for a month the links are alive. xD
I do hope to find a really good permanent image hosting place myself too in not very long. :(

I had completely forgotten I have an imgbb account! I've uploaded the photos over there, so you can now see them if you want. :) Thanks a lot!
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hamsterfactor4 kuukautta sitten#75340995I realised just the other day. :( I don't know where I could upload the images that could be linked from here though... any ideas?

I actually got burned myself recently too with loosing all my image hosting. :( So I'm not an expert on it, but recently started using imgbb.com/ and if you can still see the pictures here: BLOG #42364 that means that at least for a month the links are alive. xD

I do hope to find a really good permanent image hosting place myself too in not very long. :(
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Maakie4 kuukautta sitten#75340982I was really interested in this blog, but your pictures aren't working anymore. :(
I realised just the other day. :( I don't know where I could upload the images that could be linked from here though... any ideas?
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I was really interested in this blog, but your pictures aren't working anymore. :(
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Yup, the mug was what I wanted but hadn’t the money or space to bring it back. That, and the cool yellow sketchbook which I chose not to buy cos I know I’d have left it blank as some collector’s item! And thanks! Looking forward to it :) hamsterfactor1 vuotta sitten#62064439I couldn't get tickets to the WIRED interview ;; He also sang there then? So cool! He did play Gutalala Sudalala! for us too, it was so exciting!
There was really lots of stuff in the shop! I would have wanted the mug they had, but didn't want to spend more.
Have fun at the manga exhibition when you go! :)
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ArmosKnight1 vuotta sitten#62063652I saw him on the opening night, with an interview for WIRED and 3 songs (two from his new album with drawings, and Gutalala Sudalala!). Such a cool guy. I managed to get two art books of his from the gift shop but didn’t have enough for the ton of other stuff that was for sale!
I’ll try to head to the British Museum exhibit next month for my birthday. Would love to see Sugimori’s original watercolours!

I couldn't get tickets to the WIRED interview ;; He also sang there then? So cool! He did play Gutalala Sudalala! for us too, it was so exciting!

There was really lots of stuff in the shop! I would have wanted the mug they had, but didn't want to spend more.

Have fun at the manga exhibition when you go! :)
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I saw him on the opening night, with an interview for WIRED and 3 songs (two from his new album with drawings, and Gutalala Sudalala!). Such a cool guy. I managed to get two art books of his from the gift shop but didn’t have enough for the ton of other stuff that was for sale!

I’ll try to head to the British Museum exhibit next month for my birthday. Would love to see Sugimori’s original watercolours!
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heroizumi1 vuotta sitten#62031622I'm so glad to see some photos from this! I went to the UK back in February to meet some of my gaming friends and they took me to The London Museum. I was excited to go, but I was a little sad when I saw the next exhibit was going to the manga. I was a bit too early to see it ;__;
Thank you for sharing! That Asirpa bag is beautiful!!!

Sorry you missed it by so little! :( I hope more places do stuff like this, so everyone can get to go. Glad you enjoyed the article, though!
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I'm so glad to see some photos from this! I went to the UK back in February to meet some of my gaming friends and they took me to The London Museum. I was excited to go, but I was a little sad when I saw the next exhibit was going to the manga. I was a bit too early to see it ;__;

Thank you for sharing! That Asirpa bag is beautiful!!!
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