COLUMNS

What Was Alternative Manga?What Was Alternative Manga?

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

 
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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

 
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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