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Manga Café 6 -- Scary Manga Grand Prix

2010-8-20 (Fri) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Manga Café 6, the 6th event in the Manga Café series, welcomes ONISHI Shohei as a guest on Friday, August 20. Mr. Onishi, a manga collector and clerk at Taco Che, a subculture bookstore, as well as a lecturer at the Faculty of Manga, Kyoto Seika University, has been invited to speak about scary manga.

Forget the heat by listening to scary manga stories on a hot humid summer night! In the café, Mr. Onishi will introduce several horror manga, including rare and unusual ones. Attendees will vote for the ten scariest manga. If you think you have worthy entry for this scary manga contest, bring it and --perhaps-- win!

Brief bio of Mr. Onishi (excerpt from [Japanese] Wikipedia):

Mr. Onishi is a Japanese manga collector, manga critic, and manga artist. Hailing from Roppongi, Tokyo, he was a classmate of NABE Yakan, a comedian, at Seijo Gakuen High School in their final year in high school.

After graduating from university, Mr. Onishi moved to the Kansai area and worked at Ichijoji branch of Keibunsha, a famous bookstore in Kyoto. Working part-time, he conducted unique projects such as KAWASAKI Yukio Original Picture Exhibition in 1997. Calling himself a manga jockey, he introduced rare manga through slide shows. He also performed in a band.

The website New Manga University (co-managed with NISHIKATA Koji) has introduced numerous second-class manga from old bookstores. With its increasing popularity, Mr. Onishi became the main artist of Manga Jigokuhen [Manga -- Hell Drawings] published by Suiseisha. Later he formed an old book collector group "Furuhon Hamu Salada [Old Book Ham Salad]", together with YOSHIDA Go who was writing for Manga Jigokuhen. He returned to his home in Tokyo in 1998.

Currently working for Taco Che, a subculture bookstore, he reviews and introduces manga and interviews manga artists for various magazines such as AX, Eiga Hiho, and Continue.

He is also active as manga artist. He has republished rare manga under labels such as Hiyoko Shobo and Guppy Shorin at his own expense.

  • Cafe masters: ITO Yu, researcher, International Manga Center, Kyoto Seika University, and KINSUI Satoshi, Director, Center for the Study of Communication-Design, Osaka University
  • Capacity of the venue: 50. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no entrance fee.
  • Planned and produced by: Center for the Study of Communication-Design, Osaka University, Dance Box
  • In cooperation with: NPO recip (Regional Culture Information and Projects)

Date: 2010-8-20 (Fri) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Organizer: Art Area B1 (Osaka University, Dance Box, Keihan Electric Railway) in cooperation with Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, International Manga Center, Kyoto Seika University
Venue: Art Area B1 (Concorse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Center for the Study of Communication-Design,Osaka University

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