What is Manga?

Coral Wood - Student Co-ordinator
What is Manga?

Manga is a worldwide phenomenon that has captured the hearts of people all around the world.

 

‘Manga’ is the Japanese word for comic but is more commonly deemed the name of the genre for all comics or graphic novels published in Japan. Manga has a certain style, which is recognisable in the artwork used in the graphic novels and their comics, much in the same way that superhero comics such as Spider-Man and Iron Man use similar styles of artwork.

 

While Manga is typically read by teenagers in the UK, there are publications aimed at both children and adults. It is commonly considered as literature rather than a comic due to the advancement into graphic novels. In Japan, Manga is so popular its yearly sales reach the billions.

 

Manga has also been immortalised in television programmes and films, some of which are shown in the UK. Programmes such as Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! have been broadcast on British television since the early 1990s.

 

If you’d like to get to know Manga a bit more, or if you’re a Manga follower already, you’ll be in great company at the Huddersfield Literature Festival’s Manga Con 2013! A fun-filled day of activities and sessions all about Manga with British Manga artist Tasneem Kausar.

 

The event will be held on Saturday 16 March (12 noon – 4pm, £2 on the door) at Quayside, University of Huddersfield. For more information – and to find out about a free art exhibition including Tasneem Kausar’s work taking place at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, head over to our Diary of Events page.