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NeburPT



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:32 am Reply with quote
I'm looking to delve deeper into manga and perhaps to start writing some reviews, so I'd like to begin this thread by asking you what books/authors/essay do you know about manga. I'm looking for a broad range of styles, from the informative and more distant journalistic point of view to a fan's defense and deconstruction of their favorite series.

If the responses are positive I could update this first post and create a list of references for people interested in the subject.

I've only just began researching, so my references at the moment are:

Manga: The Complete Guide (a good place to start, well organized, informative, with a small overview of each particular series published in North America, but it needs, unfortunately, a new update to cover the last few years) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga:_The_Complete_Guide

Manga and Philosophy - http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/130362-manga-and-philosophy-fullmetal-metaphysician-by-joseph-steiff-and-ad/

Scott Green's AICN (ex: Dorohedoro volume 1 review) - http://www.aintitcool.com/node/44128

Jason Thompson's House of a Thousand Manga - animenewsnetwork.com/house-of-1000-manga/

Naruto as Hero Among Shinobi essay - http://zapenstap.livejournal.com/15394.html

Update:

Gilles Poitras list of available books on manga (and anime) in english: http://www.koyagi.com/recBooks.html

Manga Movable Feast archives: http://mangacritic.com/mmf-archive/

Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade by Jonathan Clements - http://books.google.pt/books?id=ce4uTsv-3e4C

Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga by Frederik Schodt - http://books.google.pt/books?id=Loug6sbKTvEC

Manga! Manga! the world of Japanese comics by Frederik Schodt - http://books.google.pt/books?id=OMpTaEzEtsQC&dq

Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics by Paul Gravett - http://books.google.pt/books?id=VgdjrS-lYwQC

The anime encyclopedia: a guide to Japanese animation since 1917 by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy - http://books.google.pt/books?id=NnzqAAAAMAAJ&q_Aw&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA

Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews by Fred Patten - http://books.google.pt/books?id=VWE79MHm1JoC

Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation by Helen McCarthy - http://books.google.pt/books?id=4YPh2_D9q2EC&printsec=frontcover&hl=pt-PT#v=onepage&q&f=true

Manga Design by Masanao Amano and Julius Wiedemann: http://books.google.pt/books?id=XiZ-SXfp50cC


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RAmmsoldat



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:30 am Reply with quote
well i know Jonathan Clements co wrote the anime encyclopedia and he's a kind of anime celeb over here when we had dedicated tv segments. He's mainly an author by trade and has written articles about anime mostly but you should be able to find some of his works dotted about the internet.
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st_owly
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:37 am Reply with quote
There's a British author called Helen McCarthy who's written a few. The only one I know of is 101 Manga Heroes and Villains, but I wouldn't recommend it tbh; there's quite a lot of small niggly little mistakes that really grated on me.
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Tamaria



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:09 pm Reply with quote
Most of Helen McCarthy's books are nice introductions to series you may not have heard of before. If you're planning to dig deeper, I recommend Manga Manga! The World of Japanese Comics and Dreamland Japan - Writings on Modern Manga. Both books were written years before manga was even a thing in the US, but if you want to learn more about how the Japanese manga industry worked (and still works...), these are the books you want. If you prefer something in between that focuses more on series and genres and less on the industry as a whole, Manga - Sixty Years of Japanese Comics by Paul Gravett provides a good read.
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pathetic1



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:56 pm Reply with quote
http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3AComic+books%2C+strips%2C+etc.+Japan+History+and+criticism.&dblist=638&fq=ln%3Aeng&qt=facet_ln%3A

You may find more good stuff in here, and WorldCat will be able to point you in the direction of the closest library should you find something interesting. Smile
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marie-antoinette



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:15 pm Reply with quote
Has anyone read the Manga and Philosophy book? I've read similar books and enjoyed them but I have a feeling that this one might concern series I haven't read so I don't know if I would enjoy it that much. Also pretty sure there is an Anime one too which I have the same concerns about.
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kyokun703



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:48 am Reply with quote
Gilles Poitras has compiled a very thorough list on books for both anime and manga. Manga is towards the bottom.
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Lokarunith



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:10 am Reply with quote
There is also Manga by Masanao Amano from Taschen, which is a more personal approach to the work of many relevant manga artists and their lifes. It also includes a DVD with interviews with Naoki Urasawa, Usamaru Furuya and Reko Okano and other extras. There is an English/German/French edition and a Spanish/Portuguese/Italian edition.
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NeburPT



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:51 pm Reply with quote
I've updated the first post with all of the books mentioned here and also included a link to the Manga Movable Feast Archive
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Moomintroll



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:54 pm Reply with quote
Nobody seems to have mentioned Manga: Masters of the Art by Timothy Lehmann, which features interviews / art / bibliographies / articles regarding a dozen or so manga artists including Usamaru Furuya, Takehiko Inoue, CLAMP, Jiro Taniguchi and Suehiro Maruo.

Volume 5 of The Comics Journal Special Edition (2005) was a manga special with pieces about Maruo, Hino and Tezuka amongst other things (not all manga related).

Talking of Tezuka, there have been books on him by Helen McCarthy (The Art of Osamu Tezuka - God of Manga), Fred Schodt (The Astro Boy Essays) and Natsu Onoda Power (God of Comics - Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga). The McCarthy book also includes a DVD with an old Japanese Tezuka documentary.

There's also Starting Point 1979-1996, which is a collection of articles by / interviews with Hayao Miyazaki. It's mostly concerned with animation rather than comics but it does cover the creation of Nausicaa if memory serves.

Udagawa Takeo's Manga Zombie is a must read. The link is to an authorised translation at ComiPress.

Lastly, you might want to check out What Was Alternative Manga? - Ryan Holmberg's series of essays on manga (mostly covering early stuff) over at the Comics Journal site.
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Tamaria



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:18 am Reply with quote
Oh, I almost forgot! It's not a book, with still a must read if you want to learn more about shoujo manga, the industry or translations: http://www.matt-thorn.com/
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ikemenya



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:51 pm Reply with quote
Famous Japanese weekly manga list:
http://tac.oops.jp/manga/
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NeburPT



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:27 pm Reply with quote
I find this essay about Madoka Magica quite interesting and worth sharing: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/56815
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Lokarunith



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:21 am Reply with quote
University of Hawaii Press is releasing this September Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime and Religion in Contemporary Japan by Jolyon Baraka Thomas. More information can be found here and you can also read the intoduction online here.
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jcaliff



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:24 pm Reply with quote
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud has some sections about manga in comparison to typical western comic books. Very interesting book.
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