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Manga pandemic’-themed Online exhibition

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Manga Pandemic Web Exhibition

2020 9.11 Fri – 12.25 Fri

Theme: Pandemic (Covid)

The exhibition will be held online on our website.


International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP), one of the organizers of this exhibition, is preparing to hold the 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace, as a virtual-online asynchronous conference on September 16 (Wed), from Kyoto. This exhibition is planned as a part of the event, focusing on the expressive and expanding power of manga, with a purpose of “exhibiting peace” in a virtual space.

In the present-day peace studies, peace is redefined as absence of violence rather than absence of war, and here, violence implies a cause that obstructs the full bloom of human abilities. It can be starvation, poverty, social discrimination, suppression of human rights, environmental destruction, delays of welfare, education and medical care or others. In this way, violence in different shapes exists in our daily life, not somewhere removed from us.

At this moment, a new type of violence is occurring in Japan and abroad because of the novel corona virus epidemic. There are many situations that threaten human life and dignity, such as discrimination and prejudice against infected people, pressure on medical facilities due to political situations, and deterioration of labor environments because of stagnating economies.
In these circumstances, we decided to open this exhibition online to show manga works created with unfettered ideas, immediately and internationally. Moreover, submitted works during the exhibition period will be showcased on the webpage immediately upon arrival, instead of first collecting works and then opening the completed online exhibition. This is because people’s opinions on what is accurate could change daily and we want to represent contributors’ ideas as close to real-time as possible.

No one knows by what kind of artists nor how many works this “Manga Pandemic Web Exhibition” will contain. It is possible that the exhibition will not be complete by lack of submissions. Nevertheless, we, organizers believe that the instantaneous and spreading power of manga can help us combat the virus.
Anyone in the world can submit their works for the exhibition. You might develop a fever for manga, but please join us in promoting peace through this project!

Call for submissions

We are seeking submissions of manga artwork to display at this online exhibition.

Submission guidelines

Manga pandemic’-themed manga (Comic and Cartoon) or illustrations:

Any size and shape are welcome.

  • o Any size and shape are welcome
    • o The artwork format can be single-panel satirical manga, story manga, or illustration, etc.
    • o File requirements: JPEG file not exceeding 10MB, and at least 2000 pixels on the longest side.
    • o Language: Japanese or English. We will attach a Japanese-English translation for the exhibition if necessary.
    • o Either monochrome or color is acceptable.
    • o Submission method: Email preferred. If you would like to submit the original drawing, please contact us.
    • o When applying please let us know:
      • 1. Your name (pen name is acceptable), including notation in Roman alphabet if your name is written in another script.
      • 2. Title of your work (Japanese and English)
      • 3. Nationality
      • 4. Date of production
      • 5. Your contact information (email address and phone number)Details 1-4 will be open to the public.
  • • Qualifications for submission: Applications are open to both professionals and amateurs, living inside or outside of Japan.
  • • Submission deadline: Monday, 30 November 2020.
  • • Submissions and enquiries address: Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center c/o Mr. Ito, mandemic@kyotomm.jp
  • • Additional:
    • o We cannot offer any form of monetary reward or remuneration.
    • o Copyright is retained by the creator, but images of the work may be used for publicity (including on Twitter) or may be included in business reports.

The artwork format can be single-panel satirical manga, story manga, or illustration, etc. like below cartoon:

Anzai Hajime “Hakkeyoi” (Japan, July 6, 2020)

* Gallery 1 Manga Pandemic in progress

An exhibition of specially commissioned works on the theme of ‘manga pandemic’.

* Gallery 2 Manga Pandemic in Japanese history

Introducing historical works from the Manga Museum’s collection considered ‘manga pandemic’ themed, including ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the Edo period, and satirical cartoons from the Meiji period.

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