Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga

Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga

by Frederik L. Schodt

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ISBN-13: 9781611725537
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 18 MB
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About 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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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 people—nearly 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.

Table of Contents

PREFACE
ENTER THE ID
What are Manga?
Why Read Manga?
MODERN MANGA AT THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM
What's in a Word?
The Dojinshi World
Otaku
Are Manga Dangerous?
Freedom of Speech vs. Regulation
Black and White Issues
Do Manga Have a Future?
THE MANGA MAGAZINE SCENE
CoroCoro Comic
Weekly Boys' Jump
Nakayoshi
Big Comics
Morning
Take Shobo and Mahjong Manga
Pachinko Manga Magazines
Combat Comic
June
Comic Amour
Yan Mama Comic
Garo
ARTISTS AND THEIR WORK
Hinako Sugiura
King Terry
Z-Chan
Yoshikazu Ebisu
Kazuichi Hanawa
Murasaki Yamada
Suehiro Maruo
Silent Service
Akira Narita
Shungicu Uchida
Shigeru Mizuki
Emperor of the Land of the Rising Sun
Criminal Defense Stories
Fancy Dance
Tomoi
Naniwa Financiers
Yoshiharu Tsuge
Banana Fish
Milk Morizono
The Way of Manga
Doraemon
King of Editors
A Declaration of Arrogant-ism
AUM Cult Comics
OSAMU TEZUKA: A TRIBUTE TO THE GOD OF COMICS
BEYOND MANGA
Nausicaa and the Manga-Anime Link
Manga Artist as Film Director
The Manga-Novel Nexus
Information Manga
Manga Artists and Computers
MANGA IN THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD
APPENDIX: MANGA IN ENGLISH
REFERENCES AND RECOMMENDED READINGS
INDEX

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