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Asian Comics by John A. Lent: A Book Review

Posted: April 26, 2016

Parochialism has plagued English-language comics studies for decades, as John Lent, editor and publisher of the International Journal of Comic Art, remarks in his introduction to his latest book: “The thinking in many quarters was that comics are an American idiom, and that’s that.”  Fortunately, before the internet, a number of landmark books expanded Anglophone knowledge of international comics, blown wide open for example by Maurice Horn’s World Encyclopedia of Comics in 1976 and by Frederik Schodt’s Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics in 1983. Now comes John Lent’s Asian Comics (University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi, 342 pages, ISBN 978-1-62846-158-9, hardback, $60.00), the first book-length treatment in any language of comics from almost the entirety of the region. Read my Book Review here…

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