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  • Series: Rising Stars of Manga (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (May 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591822246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591822240
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laura Gilkey on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'll admit, I bought this book because a) I was interested in entering future Rising Stars of Manga contests, and b) I think manga opens up a lot of great possibilities for American comic artists and wanted to chip in my $ to support the venture. I went in with pretty low expectations about the content.
As such, I was pleasantly surprised. A lot of the stories have problems of one kind or another---several lack professional polish or a really substantial story, and still others suffer from a "too designed/overdrawn" look (the level of black/white contrast or stylization is about the same on all the elements and panels, giving a "noisy" effect to the overall pages and not letting anything stand out), but there is a lot of good art and story in here, and it's very refreshing in many to see a manga-like approach taken to American settings and concerns.
My story by story breakdown:
The Grand Prize Winner, "Devil's Candy" is not my favorite. It's excellently drawn and the cute/goth/punk setting is loads of quirky fun, but in many places it has that busy, overdrawn look that I mentioned, and the story isn't really moving; it comes across as a lot of manga cliches shaken and stirred.
Speaking of Manga cliches, the second place story, "Van Von Hunter" uses lots of them in a clever and amusing parody (plus the occasional metastory gag: "Hey, you read the balloons!"). This one makes good use of shading and the pages and panels for the most part are well-designed. Not quite a professional polish, but close. The story isn't quite to my own taste, being a parody that isn't too awfully original, but if you like Slayers, you should like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
this manga is very good it has a bunch of storys from action to comedy!!good for any one who wants to see the artists love of manga!!but before u buy one u should check it out to see if u like it.I gave it 4 stars because i wasn't crazy for it ....but over all its an awsome manga ^-^.

by manga loveing whistle hating.. zatch bell fan
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By ZelkovaReaper on December 2, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love this manga I had read it when it first was published from the local bookstore. Years later I finally found it and I'm as happy as can be I love the first comic and Sitting Duck the most, but I could read them over and over again and not be bored.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "elven_beatnik" on June 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I must say that while I enjoyed most of the one-shots in this book, I was also somewhat irritated by all of the entries. Some, such as "Ophelia's Assassination" and "The Proper Magic" might be good stories if they were executed in the long-form, but as one-shots they were convoluted and difficult to follow. Others, like "Devil's Candy", start out well, but end in utter confusion (at least for me). "Van Von Hunter" and "Trickster" are the typical stories retold; "Emmalyne's Mansion" vexed me if only by its lack of tone; the art for "The Little Match Girl" was beautiful, but there was little text, and the story was an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson (I didn't even realize that fit the rules); and "Sitting Ducks" recounted an artist's difficulty with writer's block. My two favourite entries, then, were "Pest" and "Zero."
I recommend this book to anyone considering entering Tokyopop's second Rising Stars of Manga contest; after seeing the product of this year's winners, I am somewhat confident that my friend and I have a chance at winning. Ganbatte, minna-san.
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
One thing I'd like to mention that this book is very thick.For 10 bucks I'm happy that at least I'm getting some quantity.
As for the quality,I was pretty impressed with the technical aspects of all the entrants.The backgrounds and tones look very good and it all the entrants seem to have many experince in graphic design.
But unfortunatley there really isn't a standout,someone that makes you gasp,like a manga-ka equivalent of Michael Jordan.
I would have to say most of the stories are a bit odd,having a cult favorite vibe.In fact the most touching story was the most unoriginal of all,the match girl.I have to say the story of the little match girl was brilliantly shown in graphic novel form.
The most dissapointing aspect of this manga compilation would have to be the art.No better how technically good you are,your characters have to be good looking.I don't neccesarily mean like a model but the style must be a certain way.Take a look at popular manga like Cardcaptor Sakura,One Piece,or Chobits.There characters all look clean,with simple designs and are asthetically pleasing.Most of the characters in RSM look like bums and that is basically the main problem.
If artists from the United States are truly serious about drawing manga they must copy artists like CLAMP and not try to do some ugly,hideous character designs trying to be original.
My advice would be try to use American themes that Japanese authors don't while emulating their art,not the other way around.
However I would encourage everyone to buy this regardless of the above because American manga lovers need to support this.
The artists in this book may be raw but they are pioneers of what may lead to the manga style being more mainstream and accepted in this great country.
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