Kyoto Manga Museum

Most people don’t equate the ancient city of Kyoto, Japan, with comics, but that happens to be the location of a museum and reading library of comics from Japan and around the world. Tim visited The Kyoto International Manga Museum recently, and this week he discusses it with Kobe-based comics creator Graeme McNee.

Also, a stopoff in Nagoya to chat with Adam Pasion, head of Big Ugly Robot Press, and co-organizer of the Comic Art Tokyo event.

Outside the Museum

Outside the Museum

 

Tezuka's "Phoenix". © Tezuka Productions

Tezuka’s “Phoenix”. © Tezuka Productions

 

the gallery of casts of hands of artists who have visited the museum

The gallery of casts of hands of artists who have visited the museum

 

Moebius

Moebius

 

Computer system for looking up comics

Computer system for looking up comics

 

Displaying a 19th-century magazine

Displaying a 19th-century magazine

 

A display of early "caricature" magazines

A display of early “caricature” magazines

 

Early 20th century comics. The creature next to the boy on the sidewalk is a squirrel!

Early 20th century comics. The creature next to the boy on the sidewalk is a squirrel!

 

The actual May 1883 issue of Japan Punch. Photo provided by Kyoto Manga Museum.

The actual May 1883 issue of Japan Punch. Photo provided by Kyoto Manga Museum.

 

Photo of an early issue of "Tobae". Photo provided by Kyoto Manga Museum.

Photo of an early issue of “Tobae”. Photo provided by Kyoto Manga Museum.