- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (January 28, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472595874
- ISBN-13: 978-1472595874
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics
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