Manga: Professor Munakata’s British Museum adventure

Friday 25 November 18.30

Hoshino Yukinobu is one of Japan’s leading manga artists – a Japanese form of graphic novel.

In a unique collaboration with the British Museum Hoshino has created a compelling adventure that revolves around Professor Munakata’s attempts to unravel the mystery of the missing Stonehenge megaliths and the threats to the British Museum’s treasured holdings.

Hoshino’s original work was featured in a Room 3 display in 2009. Nicole Rousmaniere, British Museum, discusses the creation of this manga and places it in the larger context of the medium. Introduced by Paul Gravett, Director of Comica Festival and editor of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. This event marks the publication of Professor Manakata’s British Museum Adventure in English.

Followed by a pay bar.

£5, Members and concessions £3

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Manga at the British Museum

29 September 2011 – 8 April 2012

Free
Room 91 (lobby)

An exclusive opportunity to see the original drawings from the manga series Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure.

Hoshino Yukinobu (b.1954) is the creator of Professor Munakata, one of Japan’s most famous manga characters. Millions of readers eagerly following his adventures in the fortnightly magazine, Big Comic.

Hoshino first visited the British Museum in 2009 and was inspired to work on a Professor Munakata mystery in the unique setting of the Museum. Japanese readers followed the series for five months, first published in Big Comic, before the thrilling mystery was bought to a close with a dramatic final scene that sees the Rosetta Stone in grave danger.

All ten episodes will now be published as a book in English by the British Museum Press, and to celebrate, Hoshino has lent the Museum his finished drawings (genga) and sketches and even two of his fude brush pens which he used to draw this adventure.

In this display you can see the development ofProfessor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure from conception to finished work. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to uncover the process of how the first British Museum manga was created.