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Comics in Francophone Africa

2023/10/26 (Thu) ~ 2024/2/18 (Sun)

Comics from Africa have been an unknown world to Japan until now. This exhibition presents African comic culture with a focus on francophone African countries, from the perspectives of history and works, artists, fan culture, publishing forms, and more. We showcase, magazines, books, and reproductions of original comic artwork by more than 15 African artists, and we will explore the characteristics and charm of African manga through photos of fan events.
Furthermore, you will get to know the “now” of African comics, which have started moving under the influence of Bande Dessinée (Francophone comics), American comics, and Japanese manga. Feel a new side of Africa, and the power of comics that transcends borders.

Featuring African artists:
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  • Elyon’s [Republic of Cameroon]
  • Seydina Issa Sow [Republic of Senegal]
  • Koffi Roger N’Guessan [Republic of Côte d’Ivoire]
  • Ultimes Griots [Republic of Côte d’Ivoire]
  • SID [Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria]
  • Matougui Fella [Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria]

…and others

There will also be events featuring guest African comic artists, and African cultural experience workshops. Please take the time to enjoy this opportunity.

Hoshino René “The results of an African boy growing up in Japan”
© Hoshino René / Mainichi Shimbun Publishing

Seydina Issa Sow “Cayor”
© Seydina Issa Sow

Ultimes Griots Group “Ultimes Griots”
© Ultimes Griots Group

Elyon’s “The diary of Ebene Duta”
© Elyon’s

Venue

Kyoto International Manga Museum 2F Galleries 1, 2, 3

Hours

10:30 - 17:30 (admission until 17:00)

Closed

Every Wednesday, Nov 16 (Thu), New Year’s Holiday (Dec 26 – Jan 4)

Fee

Free * However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required
*On Nov 21 (Tue), admission to the museum is free because it is Kansai Culture Day.

Pre-purchase

* Same-day tickets can be purchased at the ticket vending machine at the entrance.
* Admission tickets can be purchased at the ticket vending machine on the day of your visit or can be pre-purchased online.

Related events

Symposium
The “African people” in comics

For this symposium we are honored to have invited guests Hoshino René, a manga artist born in Cameroon and raised in Japan who works in Japan, and Seydina Issa Sow, a manga artist whose work has been published in Senegal, who will discuss how Africans are portrayed in comics.

* This event will have consecutive interpreting between Japanese and French. English interpreting will not be provided.

Date

Nov 4th (Sat) 2023, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Venue

Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1F Multipurpose Hall

Speakers

Hoshino René (manga artist)
Seydina Issa Sow (manga artist)
Moderator: Ito Yu (Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center)

Capacity

150 people (first come first served basis)

Participation method

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Talk show
Influence of Japanese manga in francophone African countries: The story of Cameroonian artist Elyon’s

We are honored to hold a talk show event featuring guest speaker Elyon’s, comic artist from Cameroon, and organizer of the International Comic Festival “Bilili” in the Republic of the Congo.

* This event will have consecutive interpreting between Japanese and French. English interpreting will not be provided.

You can watch a video of the event on the Kyoto International Manga Museum’s Youtube channel. (Languages: Japanese and French)

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Date

Nov 12th (Sun) 2023, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Venue

Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1F Multipurpose Hall

Speakers

Elyon’s (comic artist)
Moderator: Sookyung Yoo (Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center)

Capacity

150 people (first come first served basis)

Participation method

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Co-organizer: Institut Français Kyoto 

Gallery talk events

There will be gallery talk events by the coordinator of “Comics in Francophone Africa”.
Interesting points and highlights of the exhibition that we could not fully include in the exhibition texts will be explained and introduced at the events.

Date

January 14th (Sun), 15th (Mon), 2023, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Venue

Kyoto International Manga Museum, 2F Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Speaker

Sookyung Yoo (Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center)

Capacity

10 people (first come first served basis)

Participation method

Please come to the entrance of the exhibition venue on the day.
*It will only be in Japanese

Workshop
West African traditional mud dyeing “bogolan” experience

In this workshop you can experience “bogolan”, traditional West African mud dyeing, where you dye materials by using mud, like painting a picture.

* This event will be held in Japanese.

*Visitors 9 years old or younger must be accompanied by a guardian. (No participation fee for accompanying parents/guardians required).

*Please wear clothes that can get dirty.

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1. Lunch placemat

Date

Jan 27th (Sat) 2024, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Venue

Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1F atrium workshop corner

Fee

1500 yen (material cost included)
*Please make a payment at the venue before the workshop starts.
*On the day of the event, you can only make a cashless payment. You cannot pay by cash.
* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required

Instructor

Chika Rinu (Traditional West African mud dyer)

Capacity

6 people (first come first served basis)

Participation method

Pre-registration required (pre-registration will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Jan 26, 2024)
*Same day registration may be possible from 10:30 am at the reception desk, if space allows
*Please make sure to be at the venue 10 minutes before the event starts.

2. Coaster

Date

Jan 27th (Sat) 2024, 1:00 – 3:30 pm (Time required: 15 to 30 minutes)

Venue

Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1F atrium workshop corner

Fee

500 yen (material cost included)
*Please make a payment at the venue before the workshop starts.
*On the day of the event, you can only make a cashless payment. You cannot pay by cash.
* However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required

Instructor

Chika Rinu (Traditional West African mud dyer)

Capacity

20 people (first come first served basis/ 4-seat shift system )

Participation method

Pre-registration required (pre-registration will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Jan 26, 2024)
*Same day registration may be possible from 10:30 am at the reception desk, if space allows
*Please make sure to be at the venue 10 minutes before the event starts.

Workshop
Live performance and rhythm experience by African percussion and dance group BACHIKONDOOO

We will hold a hands-on workshop using traditional West African percussion instruments such as the djembe. Additionally, there will be a dynamic live African dance performance by BACHIKONDOOO, followed by an African dance workshop where you can practice simple steps and enjoy the rhythm and sound.

* This event will be held in Japanese.


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1. Djembe experience

Date

Feb 12th (Mon) 2024, 1:45 – 2:15 pm

Venue

Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1F Multipurpose Hall

Instructors/performers

Fujii Yoh (Professional Djembe player)

Capacity

10 people (first come first served basis)

Participation method

Pre-registration required(pre-registration will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Feb 11, 2024)
*Same day registration may be possible from 10:30 am at the reception desk, if space allows

2. Live dance performance and dance workshop

Date

Feb 12th (Mon) 2024, 2:40 – 3:40 pm

Venue

Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1F Multipurpose Hall

Instructor

BACHIKONDOOO (African percussion & dance group)

Capacity

100 people (first come first served basis)

Participation method

Numbered tickets for participation will be distributed in the museum from 10.30 am on the day of the event.

Event
African Marché

“African Marché” (organized by bona, Inc.) will be held.
At the African Marché, there will be stands where you can enjoy African culture. Also, there will be an event called “Africa Natto summit” where you can learn about natto (fermented soybeans) in Japan and Africa. In addition, there will be workshops to make accessories with African fabric.
For further information, please check the flyer below.

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Date

November 11 (Sat), 2023

Venue

The outdoor space and the multi-purpose hall of Kyoto International Manga Museum

Contact

info@bona.world

Note:
From November 2nd (Thu) to 6th (Mon), there will be an African food truck at the museum, run by a chef who worked for the Embassy of Guinea in Japan.
On November 11th (Sat), there will be an event called ” African Marché”.

Hoshino René “The results of an African boy growing up in Japan”
© Hoshino René / Mainichi Shimbun Publishing

Hoshino René

Born in Cameroon in 1984, Hoshino came to Japan at the time of his mother’s marriage when he was 3 years old, and grew up in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture. As he did not yet understand the language at all, he started drawing as a means of communication. After graduating high school, he worked at construction companies and restaurants. When he was 25 years old, he moved to Tokyo to become a broadcast writer. Currently, he works as a media talent, while also taking advantage of the drawing skills that have been his weapon since childhood. He draws and publishes manga about his own upbringing and experiences. His published works include “The results of an African boy growing up in Japan” (Mainichi Shimbun) and “Hoshino René’s wonderful world of words: A collection of proverbs from around the world discovered by an African boy” (Shueisha).

Seydina Issa Sow “Cayor” © Seydina Issa Sow

Seydina Issa Sow

Born in Paris in 1988 and raised in Senegal, he grew up exposed to French and Belgian Bande Dessinée, American comics, and Japanese manga from childhood. After graduating with a master’s degree in international trade and international business in France, he began drawing manga in earnest while working in Dakar, Senegal. He created SIS Illustration, a publishing platform for manga and comics, and launched his work “Sidy” and “Cayor” in 2019. The fantasy manga Cayor is set in the Cayor Kingdom which was located in present-day Senegal. It has attracted many Senegalese readers, and as of 2003, four volumes have been published.

Elyon’s “La vie d’Ebène Duta” © Elyon’s

Elyon’s

Born Joëlle Epée Mandengue, in 1982 in Cameroon, Elyon’s studied graphic arts in Belgium after majoring in modern literature in Cameroon. Her work has been published in the famous Belgian comic magazine Spirou, and in magazines in Cameroon and Algeria. In 2014, she launched her first book “La vie d’Ebène Duta” (The diary of Ebène Duta) through crowdfunding.
This work which depicts the daily life of the protagonist, a member of the African Diaspora, has been published in both English and French editions, and as of 2023 there are 3 volumes in the series. In addition to her work as an artist, she is also involved in the planning and management of comics workshops, festivals, and exhibitions.

This exhibition and events are supported by the Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative (JEC) Fund.

Organizer: Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center, Kyoto International Manga Museum
Co-organizers: Kyoto Shimbun, Kyoto Seika University Center for Africa-Asia Contemporary Culture Studies
Sponsor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

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