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A look at the colorful world of manga cover artworks

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In 1814 the master woodcut artist Katsushika Hakusai at the age of fifty four, created a series of humorous sketches that he referred to as "manga" (meaning "involuntary pictures.") Hakusai's marvelous sketches were of the world around him, ordinary people and their labors, street processions, sumo wrestlers. vendors and craftsmen. The master found nothing not worth including in his sketchbook.

The purpose of this exhibit is to acknowledge and advance the incredible art and design coming from today's mangaka (manga artists). The world of art has benefited much from the contributions of Japanese artists, who presently are creating some of the best graphic design in the world.

Image from the manga "Dragonhead" (Vol.1) by Minetaro Mochizuki
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