Author Archives: Ryan Holmberg

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


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


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


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


Tezuka Osamu and American Comics

Tezuka was a comic book artist, first and foremost, his dreams and later successes with animation notwithstanding. And as a comic book artist it would only make sense if comic books were his strongest influence, which indeed they were. Continue reading