16th Manga Division Jury Selections
KOUNO Fumiyo [Japan]
The Kojiki, Japan’s oldest book of mythology, was compiled some 1,300 years ago. This faithfully rendered manga version references the original manuscript (as transcribed into Japanese from Chinese). By using a “silent manga” technique and presenting the stories in a series of richly imagined pictures, the work entices the reader into a world of classical literature that tends to be seen as overly difficult. What emerges is a mythological realm with a human scale and universal appeal that is highly suited to our times.