Think black-and-white storyboards, large, rounded eyes, and characters brimming with emotions. How did the manga style from Japan become the craze of comics lovers around the world, expanding to an infinite number of genres exciting different age and gender groups? And how have artists around the world localised this unique art form to represent their own cultures? Hear from Indonesian comics artist Is Yuniarto, French-British comics scholar, Bounthavy Suvilay, and Singapore artist Sean Lam on why and how global manga artists have rightfully made manga their own.
This panel is made possible with the support of the Embassy of France and is co-presented with the SG Cartoon Resource Hub.
Writers / Presenters
Sean Lam is an acclaimed artist who has made his name overseas for over 20 years by creating several graphic novels with various American and European publishers. He has worked with multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Larry Niven to produce a two-part graphic novel adaption of New York Times’ best-selling sci-fi novel 'Ringworld'.
A doctor of French Literature, Bounthavy Suvilay studies contemporary culture through manga, anime and video games.
CT Lim writes about history and popular culture. He is the Singapore country editor for the International Journal of Comic Art.