Make Mine Manga

Exploring the marvellous world of manga!

Make Mine Manga is a free, touring exhibition for anyone curious about manga as well as the avid fan!

Explore the origins of manga in Japan, the creative techniques behind the art and discover the wonder of Manga-Anime. The exhibition features artwork from incredible creators from Japan and discover today’s generation of award-winning British talents making manga in their own way as part of a truly global comic language.


The exhibition has been specially created by Paul Gravett; the curator of comic exhibitions across the UK including the British Museum and the Barbican Centre and the author of numerous books about comics and their creators, including ‘Manga: 60 Years Of Japanese Comics’.

Manga have become a pop-culture phenomenon in the UK. Six of the top ten bestselling graphic novelists in Britain are Japanese manga authors.

Make Mine Manga is at Bolton Library from 6 - 30 June 2023!


As part of Manchester City of Literature’s Festival of Libraries, a county-wide celebration of Greater Manchester’s 133 libraries, taking place from 7 - 11th June 2023, there will also be a number of Manga workshops taking place during the Festival of Libraries.

Inspired by the exhibition, manga artists Chie Kutsuwada and Inko Ai Takita will be running  several creative workshops organised by Manchester City of Literature, where participants create their own four panel manga comic.

Check out these fab FREE workshops:

>> Manga Workshop @ Bury Library on 9th June (4-6pm)
>> Manga Workshop @ Stretford Library on 10th June (12-2pm)
>> Manga Workshop @ Stalybridge Library on 10th June (10am-3pm)
>> Manga Workshop @ Bolton Library on Sunday 11th June (11am-12.30pm & 2-3.30pm)  
>> Manga Workshop @ Bolton Library on Sunday 6th August  (11am-12.30pm & 2-3.30pm)
>> Manga Workshop @ Bury Library on Friday 9th June (4-6pm)
>> Manga Workshop @ Stretford Library on Saturday 10th June (12-2pm)
>> Manga Workshop @ Stalybridge Library on Saturday 10th June (10am-3pm)

Check out these cool manga drawing tutorials & colouring!

How to draw manga with… Inko

Discover this fab collection of short video tutorials and find out how to draw a chibi cat, chibi dog and much more with manga artist Inko Ai Takita!

How to draw manga with… Chie

Check out these ace video tutorials with Chie and find out to draw faces, eyes, hair and more... all in manga style!

Manga Colouring

Check out our fantastic collection of online and downloadable manga colouring sheets! Cool activities for you to print out and enjoy from Junko Mizuno, Inko and Chie Kutsuwada!

Let's Draw Manga Worksheets

Check out these two cool activity sheets created by Inko for the Make Mine Manga exhbition! All you need to do is download and print the worksheets... you can then create your own manga characters!

Make Mine Manga Exhibition Tour

Bolton Central Library

6th June 2023 – 30th June 2023
Crompton Place Shopping Centre, 20-21 Hotel Street, Bolton BL1 1DA

Manchester Central Library

10th July 2023 – 18th August 2023
St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Birkenhead Central Library

4th September 2023 – 30th September 2023
Borough Rd, Birkenhead CH41 2XB

Atkinson Public Library

16th October 2023 – 18th November 2023
Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB

St Helens Library

1st December 2023 – 20th December 2023
The World of Glass, Chalon Way E, Saint Helens WA10 1BX

Halton Lea Library

15th January 2024 – 17th February 2024
Second Ave, Palacefields, Runcorn WA7 2PF

Huyton Library

4th March 2024 – 30th March 2024
Civic Way, Huyton, Liverpool L36 9GD

Barrow-in-Furness Central Library

15th April 2024 – 18th May 2024
Ramsden Square, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1LL

Make Mine Manga Partnership

Make Mine Manga is a project led by Bolton Library and Museum Services

With: Manchester Central Library, Birkenhead Central Library, Atkinson Public Library, St Helens Library, Halton Lea Library, Huyton Library and Barrow-in-Furness Central Library

In partnership with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Manchester City of Literature

Funded by Arts Council England

The exhibition was curated by Paul Gravett

Design by Steve Kerner of Curious Road

Many thanks to the following artists and publishers for their support in making this exhibition possible: Junko Mizuno, Jiro Taniguchi, Eldo Yoshimizu, Takayo Akiyama, Fumio Obata, Kiriko Kubo, Ilya, Yukiko Kai, Hatsu Haru, Hideko Mizuno, Eiko Hanamura, Ueda Toshiko, Matsumoto Katsuji, Kyoto International Manga Museum, Titan, Fanfare and Aquira