Edited by Nicole Rousmaniere and Matsuba Ryoko

Published by The British Museum and Thames & Hudson

The fascinating story of manga from its historic roots to its place as a contemporary global phenomenon. Published by Thames & Hudson and The British Museum.

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Published to mark last year’s exhibition at The British Museum, Manga traces the origins of this Japanese narrative art form that has grown over the centuries to become a global phenomenon. The book is arranged into six broadly chronological chapters; each one opening with an essay and featuring interviews, features and manga selections. From understanding the art form through reading and drawing, to storytelling, influence and showcasing seminal works and specially commissioned manga art, the book offers a revealing insight into this extraordinary world.


Translated literally as ‘pictures run riot’, manga initially referred to graphic prints, novels and comics. It has expanded beyond its original forms to include animation, art, fashion and new media such as film and gaming, and has international reach and appeals to people of all ages. This extraordinary story is written by acknowledged Manga experts: Nicole Rousmaniere is IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Arts at the British Museum, and Ryoko Matsuba is a research fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Production Details

Published by Thames & Hudson and The British Museum
352 pages
225 photographs
260mm x 290mm



1. Understanding Manga through Reading, Drawing and Producing

2. The Power of Storytelling

3. The Power of Seen and Unseen Worlds

4. Manga and Society

5. Motion through Line

6. Expanding Manga’s Boundaries