Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Mangaby Frederik L. Schodt
This landmark book, first published at the height of the manga boom, is offered in a hardcover collector's edition with a new foreword and afterword. Frederik L. Schodt looks at the classic publications and artists who created modern manga, including the magazines Big Comics and Morning, and artists like Suehiro Maruo and Shigeru Mizuki; an entire chapter is devoted to Osamu Tezuka. The new afterword shows how manga have evolved in the past decade to transform global visual culture.
Frederik L. Schodt, based in San Francisco, is fluent in Japanese and author of many works about Japan.
Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit
“The informally encyclopedic Dreamland Japan the result of Schodt's 16-plus years of studying manganot only makes it easier to understand the art form but also says a good deal about Japanese culture
this is an authoritative reference of the different categories of manga, popular titles and publishers.”
“The definitive survey of the Japanese comic book mindscape...”
Alvin Lu, The San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Schodt gives readers a sense that manga is a vast ocean in Japan with genres undreamed of in American comics. Dreamland Japan is recommended for all comic fansnot just for the historical information, but because Japan has truly understood that comics are only limited by our imagination."
— Ed Sizemore, MangaWorthReading.com
"No one knows more about this world and conveys it with such warmth and unpretentious insight than Frederik L. Schodt, and the timing of this collector’s edition is ideal: as Schodt notes in his new afterword, manga, Japan, and those of us interested in both are undergoing radical transformations. Luckily, we have this kick-ass book to guide us."
— Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the US
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In 1995, former Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa began serializing a column of his opinions, not in a newspaper or newsmagazine, but in the manga magazine Big Comic Spirits. A respected seventy-five year old politician and thinker, Miyazawa probably rarely reads comics, but the reason he chose a manga magazine to air his views is clear. Big Comic Spirits is read by nearly 1.4 million young salarymen and potential voters each week. In today's Japan, manga magazines are one of the most effective ways to reach a mass audience and influence public opinion.Japan is the first nation in the world to accord "comic books"originally a "humorous" form of entertainment mainly for young peoplenearly the same social status as novels and films. Indeed, Japan is awash in manga. According to the Research Institute for Publications, of all the books and magazines sold in Japan in 1995, manga comprised nearly 40 percent of the total. Such industry statistics are indeed impressive, even frightening, but they hardly represent the entire picture or the true number of manga being read in Japan. There were 2.3 billion manga books and magazines produced in 1995, and nearly 1.9 billion actually sold, or over 15 for every man, woman, and child in Japan.
Meet the Author
Frederik L. Schodt is a translator and author of numerous books about Japan, including Manga! Manga!. He often served as "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka’s English interpreter. In 2009 he received the The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Japanese government for his contribution to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture.
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