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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547423152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547423159
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An inventive offering, sure to please fans of both American and Japanese comics."—Kirkus, starred review

"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

About the Author

Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek and the author of many books, including, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Goth Girl Rising, Boy Toy, and Hero-Type for HMH and Wolverine: Worst Day Ever for Marvel Books and Archvillian for Scholastic. He has also written comic books about everything from sword-wielding nuns to alien revolutionaries. He worked as Marketing Manager at Diamond Comic Distributers for 10 years. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Visit Barry online at www.barrylyga.com.

 

Colleen Doran, in a career spanning more than twenty years, has worked on some of the greatest characters in comics, including Superman, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman, partnered with such writers as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. Her books include A Distant Soil and Girl to Grrrl Manga. She has traveled and lectured extensively in Singapore, Japan, Germany, and England, and served as Artist in Residence at the Smithsonian Institute in 2006.

She won a grant from the Delphi Institute to study American popular culture, and was chosen to represent the United States at the Japan/America manga/comics seminar in Tokyo.

Visit her website at www.colleendoran.com.


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It is an incredible story by an amazing author and a very talented illustrator!
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I don't need to have everything tied up in a neat little bow but I do like it when my books have a better ending than this.
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I loved this little love story about about a manga character trapped in the "real" world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By trashcanman VINE VOICE on August 4, 2011
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Mangaman is a metafiction comic exploring the differences between Japanese manga and the western graphic novel. The premise is a manga character suddenly appearing in a straightforward American comic. It's a quick and funny read that takes time to poke fun at the conventions of both mediums, be it the earnest straightforwardness of classic graphic novels or the obscene gender-bendiness of their Japanese counterparts. It's a great notion that will probably make a great film someday if anime and manga continue to increase in popularity.

The title protagonist, Kyoko, is the stereotypically effeminate manga/anime hero ("I don't know if I should kick it's @z$, or screw it!", relates one stunned male bystander). He describes the day he found himself transported to our world as "normal", which is to say he was hanging out with his "girlfriend" (a stubbly dude in a schoolgirl outfit....don't ask) and preparing to fight giant tentacled monsters in his mecha suit. So yeah, an average manga day. All of his exaggerated facial expressions and even the motion lines and visible sound effects make him as much of a freak as his cartoonish appearance and Kyoko finds he doesn't so much fit in in high school. But, as with both mediums, there's always that one girl who finds herself enamored with the stranger from another world and love is ready to bloom as the man from the East shows the beauty from the West that all of our lives are just comic books where we just move from one panel to the next, regardless of what direction it's read in.

Otaku should have a great time picking out the manga conventions made use/fun of in the story, which is broad enough for even those who don't have much knowledge of Japanese entertainment to grasp the gist of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Izaguirre on March 16, 2012
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I loved this little love story about about a manga character trapped in the "real" world. The difference the between the real comic art and the manga art was nice too. I just wish it had been a little bit longer or the story deeper, but overall I enjoyed it a lot!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Beach on February 15, 2012
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I came into reading MANGAMAN without a grounding in the conventions of manga comics - other than recognizing them when I see them. But I love the work of Colleen Doran and so was willing to go along for the ride. I'm very happy I did.

What I found was a delightful story that runs on all the tropes of high-school romance. The writing stays true to the emotional level and sophistication of high-school students (as in, the emotions are volitile and the psychological sophistication limited). But it also addresses something more than just the obvious story issue of being an outsider and the prejudice that comes with that. Lyga's story places his heroine, Marissa, in a rather tight social box -- everyone's expectations around her of what she's supposed to dress like, what she's supposed to do, who she's supposed to date -- all that is pushing at her on all sides. And then Lyga playfully finds a way to "let her out of the box."

Lyga plays meta-games with his storytelling, making the characters comment on the manner of their presentation. But he never talks down to the reader about it, instead assuming that any reader will in fact be smart enough to follow along. He plays fair by the rules of the worlds inside the covers of the book, and sticks to staying on point with the teen-romance.

For those who grouse about what this book does not do, I have to wonder what they were expecting? I opened the book knowing only that it was to be a cross-pollination of two different forms of graphic storytelling, and that the artist was one I trusted to deliver a story well. What I found was a thoroughly enjoyable storytelling romp.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allan Harvey on January 15, 2012
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When teenager Marissa Montaigne attends her "homegoing" party, little does she realize that she's about to meet a boy who is even more of an outsider than she is -- he's from a different dimension entirely! The guy in question, Ryoko Kiyama, has fallen through a Rip in the fabric of reality, and comes from a world of Manga. His normal day is made up of donning robotic mech-suits and facing off against giant invading lizard monsters. He doesn't even find it odd that his girlfriend accidentally turned herself into a boy!

For Ryoko, it is our world that he finds strange and intimidating, and the people he meets at school don't know how to react to this odd person in their midst. That he leaves discarded speed lines cluttering the floor and his every emotion warps his body doesn't win him any friends. Except for Marissa, who sees in him a fellow traveler. As he shows her some of his world she becomes determined not to lose him, even though it's been decided he has no choice but to go back whence he came...

Barry Lyga follows up his thoroughly engaging The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl books with this clever -- so clever, in fact, that it's a wonder it's not been done before -- melding of western comics and manga. The meta-fictive interlude in the middle of the book is reminiscent of Alan Moore's work on Promethea (Book 1) as the characters become aware of their own fictional existence and begin to break through the panel borders to the strange world beyond. It's extraordinary stuff.
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