Naoki Urasawa Manga Exhibit Opens in LA on January 23

Urasawa to attend the retrospective, which runs until March 28

Manga fans have something special to look forward to this month. Renowned manga author Naoki Urasawa has his own exhibition—This is MANGA - The Art of NAOKI URASAWA—scheduled to kick off in LA on January 23, with the retrospective to run until March 28.  


The exhibition will be held in JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, featuring over 400 original drawings and storyboards along with selected stories from seven of Urasawa's major works and four consecutive YAWARA! stories every other week. 


It all starts on January 23 with an artist talk and book signing, "Drawing My World: An Interview with Naoki Urasawa." The artist himself will be available to sign books and engage with fans through an interview moderated by manga researcher and translator Frederik L. Schodt. Urasawa will be illustrating his responses on a screen throughout the interview, which will cover his influences and many other topics. 



Heres' a breakdown of the schedule for those kickoff events: 


Book Signing


6:00 pm to 7:00pm*


JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2


NOT necessary. *Participation is limited to the first 50 guests who make a purchase from a selection of Urasawa manga books available for purchase starting 5 pm on Jan. 23 at the JAPAN HOUSE Monozukuri Shop. Purchase is required. Please, no outside books or fan material.


Artist Talk | Drawing My World: An Interview with Naoki Urasawa


7:15 pm to 8:45 pm


JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5


Click here.



There are also related programs on the way during the exhibition, with more details to be revealed through the JAPAN HOUSE website. Some of the plans include:

  • Character Drawing for Kids! (February 2, March 2)
  • Elements of Character Designs for Manga & Comics (February 2, March 2)
  • Compositions & Panel Layouts: “Koma-Wari” for Manga & Comics (February 9)
  • “Chara-Cature!” Your Caricature as a Manga Character (February 9)


Main visual © Naoki URASAWA / Studio Nuts

PLUTO © 2004 Naoki URASAWA  Studio Nuts, Takashi NAGASAKI, Tezuka Productions



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox. 

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