Author Archives: Ryan Holmberg


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, The Streamline Case (October 1948), cover.

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

Shin Seinen (May 1927), special Nonsense issue, cover by Matsuno Kazuo

Sugiura Shigeru’s Sense of Humor

Can you identify these early comic strip sources? Continue reading

Tezuka Osamu, Manga College (August 1950), cover.

Tezuka Osamu & The Rectification of Mickey

Tezuka, Disney, and languages of cartooning and reproduction. Continue reading

Kitazawa Rakuten, High Collar Puck, special issue of Tokyo Puck (April 1905), cover.

Guns & Butter

Now, it is time to reset this column. It’s not about alternative manga. It started out thinking it was but now it’s changing. Continue reading


The Bottom of a Bottomless Barrel: Introducing Akahon Manga

A new discovery and a shit-eating grin. Continue reading

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