Talk on ‘The Grandparents of Manga’

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PASADENA — An illustrated talk on “Yoshitoshi’s Heirs and the Grandparents of Manga: Popular Illustrations in Japan, 1890-1925” will be given on Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at the Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena.

Dr. Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history at CSU Long Beach, will present an overview of Japanese book and magazine illustration from the late Meiji and Taisho periods, utilizing his recent books “Japanese Warriors, Rogues and Beauties: Woodblocks from Adventure Stories” and “Dangerous Beauties and Dutiful Wives: Popular Portraits of Women in Japan, 1905-1925.”

These images form a little-studied link between woodblock print designers like Yoshitoshi in the mid-19th century and the manga comics that found mass popularity after World War II.

The event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Masterpieces of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi,” which runs until Aug. 22. Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) is perhaps the most important Japanese print artist of the late 19th century.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Admission is $9 general, $7 for students and seniors, and free for members and children ages 11 and under. Free to all visitors on the fourth Friday of the month.

For more information, call (626) 449-2742 or visit www.pacificasiamuseum.org.

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