Art & Design

Third Thursday Lecture: Garo and the Birth of Alternative Manga

20 February 2014, Norwich

Dr Ryan Holmberg, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow

Dr Ryan Holmberg is an independent art and comics historian


From its founding in Tokyo in 1964 to its temporary demise in 1998, the monthly Garo was a beacon for experimentalism in Japanese comics. This talk will survey the early years of the magazine, looking at its roots in the rental library “kashihon” culture of the previous decade, its relationship to contemporary political issues ranging from school curricula debates to the Vietnam War, and finally its embrace of a new generation of artists influenced by Pop Art, New Wave cinema, and the visual culture of the Japanese Empire.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential.


To book a seat for this lecture, please contact the Sainsbury Institute:

T: 01603 597507

Booking is essential. You are advised to reserve a seat in advance by contacting the Sainsbury Institute at least two days before the event. Please note entry cannot be guaranteed after event start time. There is no parking available in The Close.

20 February 2014, 6.00pm
Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich NR1 4EH

Tel: 01603 597507




Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures