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MANGA: Sixty Years Of Japanese Comics

A Review By: Beaux Arts

The following review appeared in the French magazine Beaux Arts Hors-Série (Summer 2009).

An indispensable book to perfect your manga culture, written by the English specialist Paul Gravett, which covers sixty years of Japanese comics, since the pioneers Hokusai, Tagawa and Tezuka, through to contemporary manga by Kotubuki, Toriyama and Otomo, while surveying the ‘auteur’ manga of Mizuki, Maruo and Taniguchi. The cultural impact of manga has not been overlooked, with a particularly interesting final chapter which details how manga has ended up becoming the expression of a certain form of cultural imperialism. With its very rich iconography and informed texts, this book stands to this day as the best introduction of Japanese comics.

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