Author Archives: Ryan Holmberg

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

 

Tatsumi Yoshihiro’s “Black Rainbow”

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

 

Saitō Takao and the “Gekiga Factory”

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

 

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

 

Charting the Beginnings

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