Hub Craft And Design Centre Brings Story Of Manga To Sleaford

By Culture24 Staff | 08 December 2008
A picture of a Manga cartoon with a young man and girl on separate halves of the page musing over their romantic intentions for one another

Manga is best known in classic cartoon form, but the Hub's exhibition will also reveal the multiple other uses it has been put to. Pic © Doug Wallace

Exhibition preview – How Manga Took Over The World at Hub: National Centre For Craft & Design, from February 7, 2009

The history of Japanese manga cartoons will be examined at Sleaford’s Hub next year.

The National Centre for Craft & Design will provide a thematic tour of the all-conquering influence cast by the eye-catching animation, dominating the cartoon industry and expanding into multitudinous global markets.

A picture of a shrouded figure in a pink jacket embroidered with pink Manga mushrooms

Manga has made a huge impact on the fashion industry. © Tado

How Manga Took Over The World, which is being toured by Manchester’s Urbis, will visit the Lincolnshire centre in February. Elements range from colourful children’s films and toys to violent action films, graphic designs, fashion labels, and educational uses.

High-profile Manga collaborators are explored, including pop stars Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani and clothing giants Carhartt and Nike, as well as self-help books, Shakespeare interpretations and even biblical versions of the art.

A picture of various unusual creatures in a Manga cartoon on a lake, including a black and white mushroom, a tiny bear with a flag, a panda-type figure and a child on a lake

Colourful Manga imagery has been used to illustrate everything from books for children to self-help literature. © Tado

An inexplicit restricted area for over-18s will explore the erotic use of Manga, which has become increasingly prevalent in Japan.

Drawing and writing competitions, workshops and conventions will also run for all ages and abilities throughout the exhibition.

Runs February 7 – April 19, 2009

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