Archive for: Matt Thorn

On The Left Hand of Darkness

A brief note on Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel.

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Voices From the Archive: Matt Thorn on Jack Kirby

The world in Jack Kirby’s head vs. the world out there.

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Voices From the Archive: Matt Thorn on Bianca and Other Moto Hagio Stories

“I wanted to represent her whole career, not just collect a bunch of first-rate stories that modern anglophone readers today can easily appreciate.”

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The Japanese Superman

I did a couple of posts about Matt Thorn’s classic essay, The Face of the Other, in which he explains: I have given presentations on manga to Western audiences many times, but regardless of the particular themes of my talks, when the floor is opened up for discussion I am invariably asked the same question: […]

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Gaijin Love

I’ve mentioned before Matt Thorn’s great article about why characters in Japanese manga are not, in fact, meant to represent, or even to suggest, Westerners, despite those round eyes. Japan, however, is not and never has been a European-dominated society. The Japanese are not Other within their own borders, and therefore drawn (or painted or […]

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