Garo and the Birth of Alternative Manga | Ryan Holmberg

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Garo and the Birth of Alternative Manga | Ryan Holmberg


Thursday Nov 30 05:30 PM


Honolulu Museum of Art School

About the Lecture:

FREE • Room 101

Program for the exhibition The Disasters of Peace: Social Discontent in the Manga of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu.

From its founding in Tokyo in 1964 to its temporary demise in 1998, the monthly manga anthology Garo was a beacon for experimentalism in Japanese comics. This talk will survey the early years of the magazine, looking at its roots in the rental library "kashihon" culture of the previous decade, its relationship to contemporary political issues ranging from school curricula debates to the Vietnam War, and finally its embrace of a new generation of artists influenced by Pop Art, New Wave cinema, and the visual culture of the Japanese Empire.

Ryan Holmberg is an Academic Associate of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture in the UK. As a freelance art historian and critic, he is a frequent contributor to The Comics Journal, Artforum International, and Art in America. As an editor and translator of manga, he has worked with Breakdown Press, Drawn & Quarterly, Retrofit Comics, PictureBox Inc, and New York Review Comics. He is also the author of Garo Manga: The First Decade, 1964–1973 (Center for Book Arts, 2010) and No Nukes for Dinner: How One Japanese Cartoonist and His Country Learned to Distrust the Atom (forthcoming).

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