Thursday, December 08, 2005


On Telophase, three very interesting recent discussions on manga art and page design. (I'm referring to both Telophase's original posts and the comment threads they spawned.) The first asks what exactly makes a very simple page from Fruits Basket work, when pages this simple in OEL webmanga generally don't work. The second compares a page from Full Metal Alchemist with one from Saiyuki. And the third goes back to shoujo, juxtaposing pages from several shoujo manga with pages from several OEL shoujo-style manga, and asking what the differences are between the two groups. The discussions get deep into the nitty-gritty of analyzing how small details can make a big difference in how a page of comic art is perceived, something I don't know that much about, but would like to see discussed more frequently.

Via The Literary Saloon, a group of scholars at the University of Chicago has placed online the complete, searchable French-language text of "the longest novel in French Literature, Madeleine de Scudery's Artamene ou le Grand Cyrus (1649-1653) - 13,095 pages in its original edition, 7,443 in this online edition." (There should be a couple of accents in there, but I don't know how to do them on blogger.)

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