Sunday, April 17, 2005


TCJ's website has a page up devoted to The Comics Journal Special Edition 2005. This edition has a section devoted to manga, and TCJ has put several articles and excerpts of articles from this section online. If you're interested in manga, you should definitely check out both the website and the physical issue itself. (The issue has the word "SEDUCTION" on its spine, if you're looking for it on bookstore shelves.) If anyone's interested, the special has a copiously-illustrated five-page article by me on Suehiro Maruo, one of the best manga creators yet translated into English (though his works aren't easy to find these days), the opening paragraphs of which are online.

Online in full is Bill Randall's brief article on translated manga, which I referred to a few days ago in connection with flipped vs. unflipped manga. Randall's views on this question strike me as wrong-headed: on the TCJ message board, Shawn Fumo makes some sensible comments in reply (scroll down to Mar. 31). However, there's more to Randall's article, and it's worth checking out.

Appearing in the issue, but not online, is a copiously illustrated appreciation of the artist, illustrator and cartoonist Saseo Ono, who was active between the 1920s and the 1950s. Ono was an early manga artist; but he was more important as an artist and illustrator, judging by the examples given in the article, many of which are stunning.

The edition deserves to be discussed in more detail, but I have a backlog of several reviews to write, so I'll put this up now.

(None of these material will be online permanently, so if you're reading this a few months from now, you're probably out of luck.)

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