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MANGA: Sixty Years Of Japanese Comics

A Review By: The 101 Best Graphic Novels

Stephen Weiner is the director of a library in Massachusetts and renowned pioneering expert in the field of graphic novels for two decades. This review is taken from his book The 101 Best Graphic Novels published by NBM.

Journalist and lecturer Gravett offers an informative and entertaining history of Japanese comics and comics culture. He identifies themes in early manga, offers brief biographies of prominent creators, talks about how the market expanded to included girls’ interests, and discusses the manga phenomenon, which started in Japan, but has grown to international proportions. This easy-to-read history is abundantly illustrated. If American readers recognize old film cartoons in these pictures, that may be because the early manga masters studied American cartoons while learning to ply their trade.

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