Author Archives: Ryan Holmberg

Matsumoto Katsuji, illustration for Hans Christian Andersen's What the Moon Saw, Shōjo no Tomo (January 1934).

Matsumoto Katsuji and the American Roots of Kawaii

A look at shojo manga pioneer Matsumoto Katsuji (1904-86). Continue reading

 
Shinohara Ushio,

Shinohara Ushio’s Action Cartooning

A lost body of work we might simply call “action cartooning,” a name that captures the two art historical currents that underwrite Ushio Shinohara’s figurative work, Continue reading

 
Leora Smith, Odawara (1946-47).

Seduction of the Innocent, Hiroshima 1950

An interesting research detour. Continue reading

 
Mayukh Choudhury.

Bengal’s Drighangchoo: An Interview with Deeptanil Ray

I had been under the impression that Comix India, inaugurated in 2010, was the first amateur comics magazine in India. It might have been the first with significant heft and geographical reach. Chronologically, however, there is at least one precedent. Continue reading

 
Rita Circulating Library, Marine Lines, Mumbai.

Poor Little Rich Boys: The Art of the Mumbai Circulating Library

Upon publishing the interview with Leaping Windows Comics Café, I was informed by an elder Indian that rental bookstores – locally called “circulating libraries” – are not uncommon in Mumbai. There used to be more, I was told, but there … Continue reading

 
Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Delhi Calm (2010).

Inverted Calm: An Interview with Vishwajyoti Ghosh

Vishwajyoti Ghosh is the real deal: an original and talented cartoonist with serious social commitments, and a smooth organizer of human resources as an editor and activist. Continue reading

 
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The Name Garo: Shirato Sanpei and the Indo-Manga Connection

Uncovering the meaning of the name Garo Continue reading

 
Curse of the Guardians' Spirits, Indrajal Comics (September 21, 1986).

Indie India: An Interview with Kailash Iyer

A sketch of the landscape of independent comics in India today. Continue reading