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Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics Paperback – August 3, 2004
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In the United States, the prevalent judgement by parents and many people outside of comic and manga fandom communities is that comics of all kinds are predominantly targeted to young children. In Japan, however, manga is targeted for a diverse audience, from young children, to adults, with genres driven towards female readers of diverse age ranges, which is relatively rare in the US. There are categories of manga directed towards sophisticated adult readers, as well as categories delivering explicitly pornographic or challenging sexual content, or stories written for gay and lesbian interests. Though Japan is somewhat more socially liberal on allowing some access by younger kids to sexual content, these categories are distinctly targeted to different age groups, genders and interests.
Of course, to ignore any single aspect of manga is to sacrifice the broad scope that the art form has manifested itself. Gravett casts a wide observation over as many different categories and examples of manga as he could deliver in a reasonably sized format. Examining the book shows that it is clearly targeted for at least a late-teenage readership if not higher, as Gravett presents historical and business information as a backdrop to the artistic content of the Japanese manga industry.Read more ›
Gravett focusses on key events, and covers all of the major authors of Manga who have had a hand in pushing this Japanese art form to new limits. He discusses everyone from Tezuka Osamu -creator of Astro Boy and considered the founding father of Manga; to contemporary artists like Ogure Ito -artist of the super popular teen manga series Tenjou Tenge.
In between his in depth historical analysis of Manga he writes about how all of these creators, key historical moments, and various Manga which have led to become such a popular artform today. With over 500 pictures, this book is an amazing compilation of the historical progress of Manga to the present both in written and pictorial form. Gravett's insite into Manga is not only an educated one, but also an enjoyable read. Anyone interested in learning the real history of the art form must pick up this book!
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A "coffee table" book about the most famous Japanese Manga.
Un libro da tavolino sui piú famosi manga Giapponesi.
This beautiful softcover coffee-table-style overview by Paul Gravett is copiously illustrated in color. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Johanna Draper Carlson
The book shed great light on my understanding of the history of manga. It is lavishly illustrated and well written. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Scott H Berwanger
There's no doubt that this book is a great Japanese manga research. It may be an European version and its condition is very good. Love it. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Liying Feng
I bought this book mostly because I heard it contained information about From Eroica With Love, my favourite manga. I was very pleasantly surprised, though. Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by Anne-Li
As a first introduction to manga as art and product, this book is fantastic. I started reading having only been exposed to a few manga titles and knowing almost nothing about manga... Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by Red Pineapple
I'm a huge Manga fan and this book is great to help any reader understand the history of Japanese manga.Published on July 1, 2009 by Laurel Graham