Manga is ubiquitous in Japanese society, and comes in a plethora of styles – from kawaii cuteness to grotesque – to suit every imaginable taste. The unique visual style of manga is one of Japan’s most distinctive cultural exports, and at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016 you will have an extremely rare opportunity to learn how to recreate the look for yourself, directly from those who have taught some of today’s most exciting manga artists!
A team from Nihon Mangajuku, which is one of Japan’s most illustrious manga training schools, will be travelling from Japan to attend HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016. In an exclusive workshop session, they will demonstrate key manga techniques such as inking with both brushes and the G-pen that is ubiquitous to drawing Japanese manga! As well as this, there will be instruction in techniques using black tone, as well as character design, and participants will get to use tools, such as the aforementioned G-pens and special manga paper, which are difficult to get hold of outside Japan. For those pursuing the dream of a professional manga career, who are comic artists looking to improve the strength of their lineart, or those who simply want to immerse themselves more in the modern culture of Japan, this is a very rare opportunity that shouldn’t be missed! Incidentally, mangajuku means ‘comic cram school’, referencing the after-school classes that many Japanese schoolchildren attend – another aspect of Japanese culture that you can experience only at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2016! Each class costs just £15 to attend, a massive discount compared to the 8,000 Yen a comparable lesson costs in Japan. Plus, you can get a beginners manga starter set for £10, which includes a G-pen, holder and 2 manga design worksheets you can keep and use for further manga masterpieces in the future! You can also pick up supplies like inks, copic pens, and more! Check out the video below for a (Japanese language) preview of the skills you’ll pick up during these classes.
Since it was established in 2000, the Nihon Mangajuku, a vocational school dedicated to Japanese manga skills, has produced over 40 professional manga artists whose work has been published by major publishing houses. These include Tomo Takeuchi, whose “Welcome to the Ballroom” was placed second in the coveted Manga Taisho award and Akane Shimizu, whose much talked about work “Cells at Work” has sold over 500,000 copies, as well as the well-known artist, model and actress Britney Hamada.
- Saturday 1st Session
- Saturday 2nd Session
NB: We have updated the price details to reflect the most recent information available, and apologies for any confusion caused.