From MoCCCA press release:
Thursday January 12th, 2012 Admission: $7/ FREE for MoCCA Members
Join us Thursday, January 12th, at the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art - MoCCA - as Chip Kidd pulls back the curtain on Bat-Manga!, the 1966 Bat-mania phenomenon that first took Japan by storm. A weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, Shonen King, licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin stories. A year later, the stories stopped. They were never collected in Japan, and never translated into English until the debut of Chip Kidd's Bat-Manga! in 2008.
Now for the first time ever in the US, original artwork and lavish cover art from the Batman-manga comics are on display at MoCCA, along with vintage era-specific memorabilia and toys.
More than just a dazzling novelty, Bat-Manga! is an invaluable, long-lost chapter in the history of one of the most beloved and timeless figures in comics.
Chip Kidd is the four-time Eisner award-winning author and designer of Batman Collected, Batman Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schultz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. He is the author of The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, from Simon & Schuster. From 2003 through 2007 he was the founding art director at Vertical Inc., the Japanese-American publisher, responsible for the design of Osama Tezuka's epic Buddha, among many other manga titles. He has also done extensive design work for authors Koji Suzuki and Haruki Murakami.
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs. The museum is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City. MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm. Suggested donation to the museum is $6 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 10 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult). For more information about the museum and MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, contact MoCCA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.