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The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics

Brimming with vibrant reproductions of rarely seen comics art from all across Asia, Mangasia is a fascinating and authoritative survey of manga’s impact on the kaleidoscope of creativity and cross-pollination that is Asia’s comics industry. Paul Gravett charts the manga style as it travels throughout Asia, detailing the changes in its defining myths and themes as it evolves into the multi-platform industry we see today.

He tracks the genre from its roots in 19th-century Japan through to rapidly-growing branches in China and Korea, and pinpoints new blossoms in regions as far flung as Indonesia and Mongolia. Indispensable maps and timelines present key dates, locations and events at a glance, allowing instant comparison of different countries’ evolving styles. A beautiful and engaging volume, Mangasia is the ultimate companion for manga fans around the world.

Mangasia has inspired an accompanying exhibition, curated by Paul Gravett and organised by The Barbican Centre, London. It opened in October 2017 n Rome, and toured to Monza, near Milan in Spring 2018 and Nantes in France in Summer 2018. A global tour of up to five years is being planned, with venues for 2019 to be announced shortly.

‘A fat and lushly illustrated volume that is as likely to work for fans of manga as for those who remain entirely baffled by it’

‘A rich overview of the evolution of a distinct and vital visual culture and its origins’
ArtReview Asia


UK & US: Thames & Hudson
France: Hors Collection
Italy: 24 Ore Cultura
Italy: Under Pressure - special exhibition cover and introductions, in English & Italian editions
South Korea: IU Books


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