Archive for June, 2010

Strange Windows: The Adventures of Tintin in Otherland, Part 1

Herge’s struggles with race

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Komikusu, Selling Awesome Manga: Belated Conclusion

I was originally not going to write a conclusion for last week’s Komikusu discussion. But then I was chatting to Tucker Stone, and he mentioned that he’d enjoyed reading the roundtable. This took me a little aback, because Tucker’s come out fairly strongly in the past against the “we must read more lit comics!” meme […]

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Visual Languages of Manga and Comics

Hello!  I’m known as Telophase in various places online, and when I dropped a couple of comments about the visual language of manga on a post a couple of weeks month or so back, Noah asked me to make a guest post (originally during the time that HU was down, and rescheduled for today).  So […]

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Monthly Stumblings # 2: Frans Masereel

Frans Masereel in the Expanded Field…

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Utilitarian Review 6/26/10

On HU This week at HU was devoted to Komikusu, a roundtable on selling awesome manga. Contributors included Erica Friedman, Kate Dacey, Brigid Alverson, Ryan Sands, Ed Chavez, Shaenon Garrity, Deb Aoki, and Peggy Burns. Also lots of insightful comments from folks like Xavier Guilbert, Melinda Beasi, Sean Michael Robinson, and more. Thanks so much […]

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Thinking Outside the Comic-Shop: Exposing Great Manga to Grown-Ups

Can Manga Muster Up Its Maus / Watchmen Mega-Crossover Hit?

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Selling Awesome Manga

As other people on this roundtable have pointed out, we’ve been using “arty manga” as a catchall term for a variety of niche manga with potential appeal to older readers: genuine alternative and underground manga (gekiga, the work of Junko Mizuno), offbeat manga similar in content to American indie comics (Viz’s SigIkki line, pretty much […]

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