In order to continue its vulgarization work on the science fiction role in our everyday life, the Maison d’Ailleurs decided to publish short essays – “Les Collections de la Maison d’Ailleurs” – that offer several perspectives on the exhibition’s main theme that one can see at a particular moment, and an exceptional iconographic selection.
The seventh edition of this collection is the work of two researchers from the University of Lausanne – David Javet and Matthew Pellet – specialists of Japanese popular culture and the aesthetics of manga. Specifically, the three texts composing this volume reflect on the importance of the post-war period of Osamu Tezuka – father of Astro boy –, on the history and the key themes of science fiction manga, and how Japanese culture has been received in Europe since the late 1970s. This work is a real introduction to understand the issues faced by manga, its origins, its themes and its symbolism – in an editorial world saturated by comic books but oddly lacking in essays. It was important to address this, and this has now been accomplished with this volume of the “Collections of the Maison d’Ailleurs”.
Authors : David Javet, Matthieu Pellet