Author Archives: Ryan Holmberg

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


Leaping Windows Comics Cafe: The Indo-Manga Connection II

A comics destination in Mumbai. Continue reading


Comix India and the Indo-Manga Connection: An Interview with Bharath Murthy

A look at Comix India, India’s first and most prominent amateur comics magazine, Continue reading

Joe Gatchalian, Clone Woman (Manila: Pan Pacific Publishing House, 1980).

Filipino Komiks and Japanese Sex Tourism: Joe Gatchalian’s Clone Woman

A curious cultural synergy. Continue reading


Big Robot, Big Foot

Can you identify these comic book references in a couple of seminal Japanese comics? Continue reading

Sakai Shichima and Tezuka Osamu, New Treasure Island (1946-47), cover.

Tezuka Osamu Outwits the Phantom Blot: The Case of New Treasure Island cont’d

Osamu Tezuka, Sakai Shichima and the complicated history of a manga classic. Continue reading

Sakai Shichima & Tezuka Osamu, New Treasure Island (January 1947), cover.

Manga Finds Pirate Gold: The Case of New Treasure Island

One history of postwar manga might begin in Burbank in the late 1930s and early 40s, amidst the trials and tribulations of the Disney Studio after the outbreak of World War II in Europe. Continue reading


The Aomushi Showa Manga Library

The best place in all of Manga Land: A spacious and atmospheric treasure trove of postwar comics. Continue reading