Clamp in Paris – Pictures at an exhibition
Since for the first time in 4 years I wasn’t at the Japan Expo (the biggest French convention), I missed seeing them live (although according to some reports you had to be very lucky or well-prepared to get to talk to them), I wanted to go check out their exhibit.
I believe it’s the same than at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2008 (again, wasn’t there).
The practical upside :
It’s cheap (2 to 4 euros), it’s in a charming neighborhood (le Marais), it’s just big enough so that you don’t feel cheated when it’s over, and you can sit and read manga on your way out since it’s organized by the parisian libraries.
The practical downside :
You can’t steal the pages or the paintings. Damn !
The contents :
You start very simply by following the timeline of their publications. There are quite a few original artworks (pages and color paintings) for each series and they are just… well, beautiful. I-want-to-sneak-them-out-and-stare-at-them-all-day beautiful.
Then you have a small “by-products” exhibit (xxxHolic and Tsubasa movies art and screenshots, figurines, and so on).
It ends with a “behind the scenes” part where you get to see all the steps between the scenario and the finished page, with explanations on the role of each member of the studio on the way. Talk about good division of tasks ! Then you can watch a 14-minute-long video interview of the Clamp members in their office, in which they explain their roles again. And just like that they produce 42 pages a week.
So, if you get the chance, go see it ! Even a layman can enjoy it, I assure you 🙂