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"Fantastic—in every sense of the word! Lyga and Doran have created an eye-popping fun-ride through the comics traditions of East and West. Fans of both comics and manga will love Mangaman. Colleen Doran’s encyclopedic, rapid-fire grasp of manga conventions blows my mind!" —Jeff Smith, author of Bone
"This is a wonderful, funny, touching story about the ultimate outsider seeking adventure and love within the borders that surround us all. There's some seriously innovative storytelling going on here, and the artwork is sensational. If you're looking for a fun read, a romp, a rollicking good time...then seriously: buy this book." —J. Michael Straczynski, New York Times Bestselling author of Superman: Earth One "This title will appeal to readers who are fans of both manga and Western comics or crossover titles such as Wolverine: Prodigal Son (2009) and X-men: Misfits (2009)."—Booklist "Esteemed artist Doran juggles manga and Western illustration styles effortlessly, capturing their defining characteristics with pitch-perfect accuracy." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Wonderfully quirky and subversive humor."—Bulletin
Posted July 13, 2011
This book was so much fun. It points out and teases (in a good way) all the tropes in both American comics/graphic novels and manga. If you were like me and grew up with a brother reading comics and you liked manga--or you read both, you will at least appreciate this book, if not totally fall in love with the characters and the romance. Ryoko is sweet, funny, and sometimes overly sappy but endears himself to you the moment you meet him. The art style is beautiful, even if the manga visual tropes are a little over done (extremely long legs, impossibly thin waist...)
Over all a five star book.
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Posted January 30, 2012