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Brief History of Manga & Japanese Comic Books

Want to know more about the origins of manga, or Japanese comics? About.com's guide explores manga's beginnings from humorous scroll painting and the influence of Disney animated cartoons in post-war Japan to the unique east-meets-west fusion of art, drama, humor, action and dynamic storytelling that is manga today.

25 Manga Milestones: 2000 - 2009
Call it the "Aughts," the "00's," or "the decade from hell" -- the first decade of the 21st century was pretty momentous for manga . It was a time of incredible growth, as more manga was published and sold in America than ever before. Many comics fans learned how to "read backwards" and were introduced to gekiga , yaoi manga and mahwa...

Early Origins of Japanese Comics
Find out about the Japanese origins of manga, from humorous painted scrolls and caricatures by ukiyo-e artists to the early influence of Western comics in Meiji-era Japan.

History of Manga - Manga Goes to War 1920 - 1949
Find out about the Japanese origins of manga during the pivotal years between its first introduction to Western comics to its role in World War II and the changes caused by post-war occupation.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Artist Profile
Considered by many to be the father of modern manga, Dr. Osamu Tezuka created numerous memorable characters and stories in his 43-year career in Japanese comics. Read about his life, his most notable creations and accomplishments.

Matt Thorn's History of Manga
Manga expert Matt Thorn outlines the history of manga and its current impact on Japanese society and world pop culture.

Comic Readers.com's Abridged History of Manga
Chad Boudreau sums up the origins of manga and explains the vast influence that Osamu Tezuka had on the evolution of modern Japanese comics.

Anime News Network: Early Manga in the USA
ANN columnist Mike Toole takes a closer look at the very first Japanese comics in English that were released in North America in the 1970's, 1980's and yes, even some releases from the 1960's.

The Unofficial History of MixxZine
Adam Arnold shares the "unofficial history" of TokyoPop's first ventures into manga land, MixxZine.

The Comics Journal: Introducing Akahon Manga
Manga scholar Ryan Holmberg introduces readers to akahon, the inexpensive manga created in post-war Japan.

Comics Comics: The Early Years of Garo
Ryan Holmberg, the curator of Garo Manga: The First Decade, 1964-1973, explains the origins of this influential avant-garde manga magazine.

Wired Magazine: How Manga Conquered the USA
Wired Magazine offers up an illustrated, manga version of the hows, whys and whens of manga's invasion of America.

Letraset: History of Manga
Letraset, a manufacturer of screentones, offers a brief history of manga, in cartoon form.

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