Manga

60 Years of Japanese Comics

By Gravett, Paul

Publishers Summary:
Japan's output of manga is massive, accounting for a staggering forty percent of everything published each year in the country.Outside Japan, there has been a global boom in sales, with the manga aesthetic spreading from comics into all areas of Western youth culture through film, computer games, advertising, and design. Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics presents an accessible, entertaining, and highly-illustrated introduction to the development and diversity of Japanese comics from 1945 to the present. Featuring striking graphics and extracts from a wide range of manga, the book covers such themes as the specific attributes of manga in contrast to American and European comics; the life and career of Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy and originator of story manga; boys' comics from the 1960s to the present; the genres and genders of girls' and women's comics; the darker, more realistic themes of gekiga -- violent samurai, disturbing horror and apocalyptic science fiction; issues of censorship and protest; and manga's role as a major Japanese export and global influence.

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ISBN
978-1-85669-391-2
Publisher
Harper Design


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Library Journal

Reviewed on January 15, 2005

This oversized volume follows in the footsteps of Frederik L. Schodt's pioneering (and still strongly recommended) 1983 book Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics , and covers much the same ground, discussing the form's ancestors in earlier Japanese art, the post-World War II manga boom led by Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka, and manga's immense popularit...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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