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 pages of original artwork and to final printed form. 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 exhibition is organized into six thematic sections.
Mapping Mangasia introduces visitors to the scope and range of comics produced across Asia. Fables and Folklore showcases how comics have been used to re-tell traditional and religious stories from across the region. Recreating and Revising the Past, Collects together comics created to tell contempory and historical events. Stories and Story Tellers, Provides a window in to the life of a comic artists and how different this can be from country to country and level of success. Censorship and Sensibility revels Hokusai, House of broken plates, Private collection how comics have been repository for controversial or adult content, sexual violent, and political. Multimedia Mangasia, is a celibration of comics as part of the flowering of global transmedia culture, comics as inspiration for anime, films, fashion and contemporary art. The Barbican have also commiss