Masterclass: Develop a Manga Storyboard with Kubo Kiriko


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© Kubo Kiriko

Japan House London is delighted to dive deeper into the exploration of manga by inviting aspiring artists and illustrators to the first of three special online masterclasses led by internationally renowned manga-ka Kubo Kiriko.

In this first masterclass focussing on creating a storyboard, participants are guided through the creative process of a professional manga-ka. Kubo Kiriko explains how to create a simple one-page story, from preparing a script to dividing the drawing space into frames and sketching a panel.

The masterclass includes a drawing demonstration with the artist herself at work, which participants can decide to follow along or simply watch depending on their level of experience. Participants are also encouraged to engage with the artist by asking for tips and suggestions during the session.

Please note that, while no previous experience with manga is required, it is advised that this event series is for participants aged 16 and over.

About the artist

Kubo Kiriko was born in Tokyo and made her debut as a cartoonist (manga-ka) in the early 1980s. After the huge success of ‘Cynical Hysterie Hour’ and ‘Imadoki no kodomo’, Kiriko has directed animation films, designed CD and book covers, written essays, children’s books and other manga comics, including ‘Buckets de Gohan’ (animated for television in 1996) and ‘Dobutsu uranai’ (1999-2007). More recent works include ‘Londo-nya’ (London Miaow, 2017) and ‘Susume-Candem chikyū bōeitai’ (The Candem World Self-Defence Force, 2019-2020). Kiriko has lived in London for more than 20 years. Her work has been exhibited at the Japanese Embassy in London, and she has given talks at the ICA and other venues across the UK. Kiriko has worked on a series of design projects for UK hospitals, including the Evelina Children’s Hospital (2013) and the Children’s Dept. at St Thomas’ Hospital (2014-2019). An English translation of two of her best-known manga, ‘Cynical Hysterie Hour’ and ‘Children Nowadays’, are now available as e-books.