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Children's LiteratureEvery age has its aesthetic, and apparently Japanese comic characters are part of this age's. Whereas previous generations of youthful aspiring artists may have been inspired by the illustrations of N. C. Wyeth, Randolph Caldecott, or even Walt Disney, contemporary youngsters apparently want to imitate the work of manga artists. Shujo is a popular, romantic subgenre of manga art. Highly stylized and extremely formulaic in design, it features heroes and heroines with enormous wet eyes, tiny pointed chins and elaborate, imaginative hairstyles. Author/artist Christopher Hart shows devotees how to render these characters in great detail, with special attention paid to appropriate body-types, poses and costumes to match typical storylines. Whether or not one admires the end results, this book is thoroughly researched, carefully written and well-illustrated by Hart and other manga artists. This new volume, with intelligent advice and plentiful examples to follow, would undoubtedly be a welcome addition to a youthful cartoonist-to-be's library. 2004, Star Fire/Watson-Guptill Publications, Ages 10 up.