In December and January, the Portland Japanese Garden was the only venue in the United States to exhibit Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics. A show of manga woodblock prints by the world-famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), juxtaposed with work by modern manga artists.
Drawn to Manga was part of the this international exhibition. A panel discussion of artists, illustrators, and comics editors in Portland who have been inspired or influenced by Japanese manga in their work. The owner of Floating World Comics, Jason Leivian, provided an introduction.
Panelists left to right:
Paul Guinan, co-founder Helioscope Studio - production artist on the first manga translation in the U.S., Lone Wolf and Cub
Kristine Evans, Pacific Northwest based artist and educator
Carl Horn, Manga Editor at Dark Horse Comics
moderator Jeff Jahn, art critic and curator
Here's a glimpse of the exhibit: