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Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga Hardcover – June 14, 2011
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
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Japan is, as the author notes, a country "awash in manga." Of all the books and magazines sold in Japan in 1995, manga accounted for a stunning 40%, or some 2.3 billion (that's 15 for every Japanese person). In dollars, the industry's annual worth is in the neighborhood of $7-9 billion. At some of Japan's prestigious publishing houses, manga are subsidizing the more serious art and literature they put out.
Yet, the real triumph of manga "lies in their celebration of the ordinary." As a US comic artist notes, in the US comics are a caricature, while in Japan "it seems like most popular comics are...of normal people doing normal things." Schodt goes further: manga are "an articulation of the dream world. Reading manga is like peering into the unvarnished, unretouched reality of the Japanese mind." He concedes, though, that one must question what the overall effect of having so much information transmitted via the medium of a comic book-"that deliberately emphasizes deformation and exaggeration-has on a people.
Schodt's understanding of his theme and of Japan are breathtaking. His section on Tezuka, the originator of Kimba the White Lion and Astro Boy and many more titles, is especially well done. The God of Manga, for whom a museum has been constructed, was a friend of the author and contains many insights into a revered figure in Japan. Highly recommended-for manga and non-manga fans alike.
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Very interesting excursus on mangas and many of its most famous authors. There is also a sort of Psychologica/Sociological/Anthropological explanation about the popularity of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gonza
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 on January 14, 2014 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