Author Archives: Ryan Holmberg

More Corona Cartoons, Japan

Ryan Holmberg continues his series on work influenced by the coronavirus outbreak, with a look at manga and manga-adjacent media, from manga- and anime-based memes and single-page comics-format parodies, to charming cartoon diaries, admonitory medical manga, classical political cartoons, and revivals of older pandemic-themed comics. Continue reading

 

Corona Cartoons, Japan

Ryan Holmberg takes a look at manga and manga-adjacent media dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, from manga- and anime-based memes and single-page comics-format parodies, to charming cartoon diaries, admonitory medical manga, classical political cartoons, and revivals of older pandemic-themed comics. Continue reading

 

The Weight of Postwar Life: Tsuge Tadao vs. Takano Shinzo, 1969

A never-before-translated vintage interview with the legendary mangaka Tsuge Tadao (Trash Market, Slum Wolf) conducted by a Garo editor Continue reading

 

Eye Buds: Yokoyama Yuichi and Audiovisual Abstraction in Comics, Part 2

Is Yokoyama plugged into portability as well? Clearly he is into mobile eyes and mobile ears. How about mobile devices and mobile books, and the techniques of miniaturization, content formatting, and sensorial coordination that they require? What follows is a meandering stab at an answer. Continue reading

 

Eye Drum: Yokoyama Yuichi and Audiovisual Abstraction in Comics

Looking at how Yokoyama plays with the fact that visual experience in comics is often deeply tied to the ear and, through the ear, the human voice. Continue reading

 

Nuclear Literati: Nakashima Kiyoshi’s Furusato Goes to Hell

The complicated role of Nakashima Kiyoshi at the intersection of art and power in Japan’s Nuclear culture. Continue reading

 

Pro-Nuclear Manga: The Seventies and Eighties

Black and white, pens-for-hire nuclear propaganda manga. Continue reading

 

Singing Our Own Song: Hayashi Seiichi vs. Sasaki Maki, 1969

Conversations in manga. Continue reading