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Mangatopia

Essays on Manga and Anime in the Modern World

by Timothy Perper and Martha Cornog, Editors

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October 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 254
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
Description

Fascinating insights on what Japanese manga and anime mean to artists, audiences, and fans in the United States and elsewhere, covering topics that range from fantasy to sex to politics.

Within the last decade, anime and manga have become extremely popular in the United States. Mangatopia: Essays on Manga and Anime in the Modern World provides a sophisticated anthology of varied commentary from authors well versed in both formats. These essays provide insights unavailable on the Internet, giving the interested general reader in-depth information well beyond the basic, "Japanese Comics 101" level, and providing those who teach and write about manga and anime valuable knowledge to further expand their expertise.

The topics addressed range widely across various artists and art styles, media methodology and theory, reception of manga and anime in different cultural markets, and fan behavior. Specific subjects covered include sexually explicit manga drawn and read by women; the roots of manga in Japanese and world film; the complexity of fan activities, including "cosplay," fan-drawn manga, and fans' highly specific predilections; right-wing manga; and manga about Hiroshima and despair following World War II. The book closes with an examination of the international appeal of manga and anime.

Features

  • Contributions from knowledgeable commentators about manga and anime from the United States, Canada, and Europe
  • Photographs and illustrations
  • Reference lists within the individual chapters and the introduction
  • Two glossaries define terms specific to Japanese manga genres

Highlights

  • Collects seriously written, analytical essays by more than a dozen world-renowned experts in manga and anime, providing information and analyses not found elsewhere
  • Examines the future of popular culture, graphic narrative, the popular media, and the story
  • Covers manga and anime from the early post-World War II era through the 21st century
  • Provides a scholarly examination of the various issues and aspects of manga and anime that is highly appropriate for library collections
Author Info

Timothy Perper, PhD, was a review and commentary editor for Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts for six years. In the past decade, he has written scholarly works about courtship and love in manga and anime as well as authored reviews of manga and anime in a variety of periodicals. His published work also includes Libraries Unlimited's Graphic Novels Beyond the Basics: Insights and Issues for Libraries, a collection he coedited with Martha Cornog. A biologist by training, Perper is an independent scholar and writer who has written extensively about human courtship and romance for more than 30 years.

Martha Cornog, MA, MLS, was a review and commentary editor for Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts for six years. In the past decade, she has published scholarly work about courtship and love in manga and anime, and has written reviews of manga and anime in a variety of publications. Cornog has written the graphic novel column for Library Journal since 2006. She has been a reviewer for Library Journal for three decades and has published several award-winning books, including Libraries Unlimited's Graphic Novels Beyond the Basics: Insights and Issues for Libraries, a collection she coedited with Timothy Perper; and one given an Eli M. Oboler Award for Intellectual Freedom by the American Library Association.

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Reviews

"This is a most interesting compilation of information about manga and anime. . . . Various essays are thought provoking not only to professionals, but also to parents and students. Don't miss this one!"—Teacher Librarian

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