As Schodt points out, in the 13 years between publication of his 1983 Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics, and this volume, American consciousness of manga, Japanese comics, and its animation offshoot, anime, has grown considerably. The collective American eyebrow may still rise quizzically at the enormous popularity of comic books in Japan, where they are accorded nearly the same social status as novels and film, but the narrative strips, with their characteristic big-eyed characters, are increasingly popular in this country. The informally encyclopedic Dreamland Japan?the result of Schodt's 16-plus years of studying manga?not only makes it easier to understand the art form but also says a good deal about Japanese culture (even the Aum Shinrikyo cult used manga to attract young followers). Derived in part from articles in Mangajin and Animerica, this is an authoritative reference of the different categories of manga, popular titles and publishers. Schodt also features more than 22 artists, many of whom he interviewed, including Hinako Sugiura, King Terry (Teruhiko Yumura), Shingo Iguchi (the creator of Z-Chan), and Fujiko F. Fujio (creator of the Doraemon, a series with 44 volumes which have sold an estimated 100 million copies). A full chapter is devoted to the father of them all, cartoonist Osamu Tezuka, whose death in 1989 "sent shock waves through nearly everyone under fifty in Japan." Manga fans may be disappointed because the book is not obsessively detailed, but even they might find helpful the "Appendix of Manga in English," which lists publishers and Internet news groups that focus on manga and anime.
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Comics are marginal, preponderantly juvenile literature in the U.S., but in Japan, manga comic books are read by all strata of society and account for 40 percent of book and magazine sales. Manga are so pervasive in the culture that many feel understanding them is necessary to comprehend modern Japan. Schodt's Manga Manga (1983), the first substantive examination in English of them, remains the definitive volume on the subject. His new book looks at trends of the past decade, profiles leading artists, and examines such curiosities as otaku (obsessed young male fans). He explains how manga differ from Western comics by encompassing a wider range of subject matter, stressing storytelling and character over illustration, and consisting of serialized stories that may continue for thousands of pages; to demonstrate their diversity, he profiles a cross section of titles drawn from all genres. The popularity of manga (and its cousin, anime Japanese animated cartoons) is growing in America, and more are translated every year, which ensures interest in this book. Libraries concerned with comics, pop culture, or Asian studies, take note. Gordon Flagg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Deeply informative, well-written, and absorbing all throughout. I've been a lifelong manga fan and every chapter was packed with information I never knew before. Read morePublished 19 months ago by George Valvatorez
I read the original edition years ago, after reading Mr. Schodt's Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics, and was amazed at how far the industry has grown by the 1996. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Studente Conan
I would highly recommend this book for all manga lovers. It provides a run-down of all the popular manga magazines in Japan, Japanese manga culture, and manga's place in society,... Read morePublished on May 17, 2009 by Sparrow Townshend
Unfortunately, I found this book to be somewhat unsatisfying, mostly because of the kinds of assumptions Schodt uses, and the kind of data that he uses to support his theories of a... Read morePublished on April 21, 2007 by C. Soesanto
I have yet to read Manga! Manga!- this was what I was able to get my hands on first, but with enough background info, it is a great read. Read morePublished on June 5, 2001 by Ellie
In some ways this book was even better than Manga, Manga, although I missed the manga chapters from the first book, and most of his recommended mangaka's stories are out of print. Read morePublished on January 19, 2001 by Keri
a great introduction into the confusing world of manga (and anime by extension) this book allowed me for the first time to direct my search for great titles and artists in the sea... Read morePublished on June 19, 2000 by Mr. K
It tops Mr. Schodts original look at manga, which I didn't think was possible. Well researched, but at the same time engaging and easy going. Read morePublished on June 11, 2000 by JOHN RANDY BARRETT