Garo and the Birth of Alternative Manga
Dr Ryan Holmberg (Sainsbury Centre for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
Date: 26 February 2014Time: 5:05 PM
Finishes: 26 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: G50
Type of Event: Seminar
Series: JRC Seminar Programme
From its founding in Tokyo in 1964 to its temporary demise in 1998, the monthly 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 independent art and comics historian. After receiving his PhD in Japanese Art History from Yale University in 2007, he taught at the University of Chicago, City University of New York, and the University of Southern California. He is a frequent contributor to Art in America, Artforum, Yishu, and The Comics Journal, and is editor of two lines of translated manga from PictureBox, Inc. in New York: Ten Cent Manga, which focuses on the impact of American comics and mass entertainment on Japanese manga, and Masters of Alternative Manga. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Sainsbury Centre for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.
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