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THE biggest exhibition of manga artwork to be shown outside Japan, The Citi exhibition Manga, is on display in the British Museum – and an academic from the University of Chichester is part of the team who have made it happen.

Through 2018 and 2019 University of Chichester historian Professor Hugo Frey worked on collaborative research to support the ground breaking The Citi exhibition Manga.

As author of two internationally-acclaimed books on graphic novels, Hugo’s research assisted curators at the museum about how to display graphic art to the public and particularly to highlight how manga from Japan have had a significant impact on American art and comics.

As we well as working with Professor Nicole Rousmaniere, IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Art and Culture at the British Museum, he has contributed to the exhibition’s lavish catalogue which will be published to accompany the exhibition.


Prof Frey, who the leads the Department of Humanities, commented: "It was a real honour to meet and discuss graphic novels and manga with experts at the British Museum. I learned a great deal that I aim to bring to University of Chichester history, literature and arts students.

"So much of manga was influenced by post-war Japanese history that I am sure The Citi exhibition Manga will be a great learning experience for everyone, not just fans of comics."

For more information about the exhibition, which is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20 visit

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Artwork courtesy of the British Museum