Manga

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VOYA - Marissa Wolf
Everything you wanted to know about manga is right here in the latest installment of Eye on Art, a series that delivers readily accessible information about various types of art. Manga provides a good foundation for understanding the development of manga, such as the artistic influences of otsu-e, ukiyo-e, toba-e, and ponchi-e (related to Punch magazine), Japanese folklore, zenga (humorous Zen pictures), and American Sunday comics. Manga also gives an overview of the core shonen (aimed at boys) and shojo (aimed at girls) series, as well as the creators who contributed to the development of modern manga. The last chapter is rightly devoted to fandom, including anime conventions; dressing up as characters; and even translating, scanning, and posting manga online for faster access. While the book is aimed at people with limited knowledge of the format and its cultural history, it will still be an enjoyable read for any otaku (avid fan). Because of the intended readership, however, only the most well-known series are used as examples. Manga covers standard information found in other history of manga books, yet the book's easy-to-follow layout and multitude of colored photographs make it unique. Manga will be a great addition to libraries with a manga following or libraries that wish to strengthen their inclusion of manga in collections and/or programs. (Eye on Art) Reviewer: Marissa Wolf
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—A clear, brief history of manga from Astro Boy to Amerimanga and Americanime. The discussion includes early art in Japan, borrowing from Sunday-morning comic strips and Disney animation, and how those formats have had an influence on the traditionally Asian art form. The history discusses the ways artists generated global interest with the production of robots that represented popular characters and how some artists only published their work on VHS when it first came out to make it more accessible and unedited. Common characteristics, such as girls with large eyes that artists claim were windows into the soul, and samurai and gun-toting robots, are all addressed. The people in promoting these concepts are also mentioned. There is a section about manga in the '60s and how sales skyrocketed because women artists were accepted and started drawing art for women. Full-color photos and illustrations appear throughout this attractively formatted book. Great source notes and further reading suggestions will be helpful to students interested in learning more about pursuing this art form professionally.—Jessica Lorentz Smith, Bend Senior High School, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420505351
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/24/2011
  • Series: Eye on Art Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 13 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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