Author Archives: Ryan Holmberg

Kuwada Jirō, Rocket Tarō, Omoshiro Book (September 1957), furoku cover.

Emonogatari in the Age of Comics, 1948-1957

Influence and industry. Continue reading

 
Oda Eiichirō, One Piece, volume 62 (May 2011), cover.

Manga 3.11: The Tsunami, the Japanese Publishing Industry, Suzuki Miso’s Reportage, and the One Piece Lifeboat

The effects of the tsunami on the business and content of Japanese comics publishing. Continue reading

 
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Tatsumi Yoshihiro’s “Black Rainbow”

The true roots of Tatsumi’s Black Blizzard. Continue reading

 
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Saitō Takao and the “Gekiga Factory”

Studios, factories, and the rise of Saitō Takao in Japan. Continue reading

 
Gekiga!

An Introduction to Gekiga, 6970 A.D.

A long buried time capsule contains hints of both a theory of communication and a utopian vision implicit in Gekiga. Continue reading

 
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Charting the Beginnings

An ongoing look at the history of alternative manga. First, an overview—and a statement of purpose. Continue reading