Special Lecture,
Organized by The Graduate School of Manga Studies, and The International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University

Taiwanese manhua
manga artist AKRU introducing her work

Kyoto International Manga Museum/Kyoto Seika University Department of Manga Research/IMRC have invited Taiwanese manga artist AKRU to hold a lecture. The work of AKRU, who debuted as a professional artist in 2008, has received high accolades: "Against the detailed historical background full of the romance of Taiwanese society of that era, the creator builds a magical fantasy in what is effectively a picture scroll featuring a [...] superb drawing ability and composition" (p. 126 of the catalogue of the 2011 Media Arts Awards catalogue, Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs). Unfortunately, this book has not been translated into Japanese yet (and neither into English). Following the artist talk with AKRU at the 5th International Scholarly Conference held by the imrc in Bandung, June 2013, this lecture aims at further introducing AKRU's work (her doujinshi activities included), and thereby stimulating critical exchange on broader issues like "Global Manga" (that is, manga-style graphic narratives by non-Japanese creators) as well as "Women's Manga and Historical Memory." The lecture will be conducted in the form of an interview, with Mika Ikeda, of Kyoto Seika University' Graduate School of Manga Studies, as interviewer.

*Conference languages: Chinese and English (occasional Japanese interpreting)

Date and Time June 1, 2013
15:15pm - 17:45pm
Venue Kyoto International Manga Museum 3F research room 1
Fee Free
* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required.
Guest speakers AKRU (Manga artist / Taipei)
Mika Ikeda (Graduate School of Manga Studies, Kyoto Seika University)
Chair: Jaqueline Berndt (KSU)
Capacity 50 seats
Participate No prior registration required.  
Contact berndt@kyoto-seika.ac.jp


AKRU made her professional debut in 2008 and first gained attention within the Taiwanese comics industry with her manga-style graphic novel Wings of Kopule. In Japan, her second graphic novel The Bai Hua Café (lit. Hundred Scrolls of a Northern City, 2010) received a honorable mention by the jury of the manga division, 15th Media Arts Awards, 2011 (Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan).

*Please note that the schedule, performers, and contents are subject to change.

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