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Manga: Most Popular Articles

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Reader's Choice: The Best Yaoi Manga
See a recommended reading list of yaoi and boys love manga as selected by manga fans on Twitter and on the About.com Manga blog forums. See which graphic novels yaoi manga fans picked as the best manga in the boys love category.
50 Manga Titles Every Library Should Own
See a list of 50 essential manga that every library should have on their shelves, including popular graphic novels for teens, kids and grown-ups. Librarian and author Robin Brenner offers insights on these manga must-haves and why they deserve a spot on your library's shelves.
The 10 Shojo Manga Titles Everyone Should Read
Curious about shojo (shoujo) manga but can't figure out where to start? Discover some of the most romantic, hilarious, magical and memorable Japanese comics for girls with our top 10 recommended reading list, including favorites such as Fruits Basket, Vampire Knight and Card Captor Sakura.
22 Vampire Manga That Fans of Horror and...
Craving more gothic romance and bloodsucking thrills? From Vampire Knight to Hellsing, here's 22 manga tales of tormented vampires, doomed love, blood-thirsty monsters and even some kooky creatures of the night.
12 Cooking Manga That Will Make Your Mouth Water
From the land of Iron Chef comes cooking manga -- Japanese comics about the thrills and spills (mostly spills) that happens when you turn baking, frying and slicing into a competitive sport, and turn the kitchen into a backdrop for romance, comedy and intrigue.
Horror Manga: 13 Creepy Comics and Gruesome...
From the slightly spooky tales of Muhyo and Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation to the gory and disturbing Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show, get a peek into the spectrum of spooky manga from Japan's creepiest creators. See a recommended reading list of horror manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga that are worth your time and $10.
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.
20 Classic Manga That Everyone Should Read
New to the joys of manga? Before you read the rest, check out some of the best. Our top 20 list includes recommended reads for every age and every taste. Choose from action-packed shonen manga and romantic shojo manga for kids and teens or cutting-edge graphic novels for adults -- you're sure to discover a comic book that will blow you away.
Interview: Hiro Mashima - Page 2
Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail and Rave Master, came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and showed off his upbeat personality and mischievous sense of humor.
10 Shonen Manga That You Must Read
Are you hooked on the adrenaline-rush of shonen manga, but want to try something new? Take a chance on of the most action-packed, humorous and addictive Japanese comics for boys with our top 10 recommended reading list, including favorites such as Bleach, One Piece and Naruto.
Interview: Tite Kubo - Page 2
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach and Zombie Powder. Kubo-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and answered questions for his fans about Bleach, his creative process and how he creates the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and the rest of the Soul Reapers, Arrancars, Hollows and Vizards who make Bleach one of the most exciting and addictive shonen manga series published in Shonen Jump magazine. Page 2.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 1
Is it possible to make a living in manga in North America? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Svetlana Chmakova, Adam Warren, Fred Gallagher and retailers/pundits/comics experts like Chris Butcher and Jason Thompson had to say in this lively online discussion.
How to Read Manga Without Going Broke
Buying manga can be a costly habit, but there are several ways to enjoy your favorite graphic novels without going broke. Try these 15 money-saving tips and tricks to finding cheap, free or discounted manga deals, ways to trade your unwanted manga, and a few words about scanlations.
Cool New Manga for Grown-up Graphic Novel Fans
See a recommended reading list of adult manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga for mature readers and the grown-ups who love graphic novels. From the hardboiled action of Dogs and cyberpunk romance of Clover to the rock and roll raunchiness of Detroit Metal City, there's lots of great graphic novels for grown-ups.
Introduction to Age Ratings
Manga has something for everyone -- but not all manga is suitable for all ages. Our list breaks down the comics content ratings used by U.S. publishers, and provides examples of popular manga titles in each group.
Fun Kids Manga for Young Readers
See a recommended reading list of kids manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga for young readers and the young at heart. From the light-hearted, slice-of-life laughs from Yotsuba&! and prehistoric mayhem with Dinosaur Hour to the sports drama of Whistle and Sugar Princess, there's lots of fun reads for kids 12 and younger.
17 Manga by Osamu Tezuka
See a recommended reading list of manga by the Godfather of Manga, Osamu Tezuka. From the kid-friendly sci-fi of Astro Boy to the medical drama of Black Jack, the dark, psychological drama of MW to the epic tale of reincarnation and redemption that is Phoenix.
10 Must-Read Yuri Manga
Yuri manga publisher and expert Erica Friedman has read a lot of girls love comics, but when we asked her to pick her 10 favorite yuri manga, she came back with a diverse list of titles, including Strawberry Panic, First Love Sisters and Maria-sama ga Miteru.
Fairy Tail Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Fairy Tail, a new shonen manga fantasy adventure series from the creator of Rave Master. Learn more about this tale of wizards and monsters, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Hiro Mashima.
M - Mature Age 18+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to an "NC-17" movie rating, the "M – Mature, Age 18+" rating means that you can expect to
Doujinshi
What is doujinshi? Essentially, it's fan-created manga or Japanese comics, but it's much more than that. Learn about the origins of Japanese fan-created comics and the otaku culture that it feeds off and thrives on doujinshi.
Drawing From Life: Manga About Manga
See a list of 15 manga stories about making manga, including tales that showcase the blood, sweat and tears (and endless efforts to please finicky editors) that comics creators must endure to bring their manga to their adoring fans.
TokyoPop Publisher Profile
Profile of manga publishing company TokyoPop. Includes address, web site, editorial focus and popular current titles.
History of Manga - Manga Goes to War
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.
Otaku Gift Guide
Find great gifts for manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, action figures, and more. See what's on an otaku's most wanted lists, including Ultraman tees, Domokun flash drives, dream trips to Tokyo and much, much more.
Strange Love: Shojo Manga's Weirdest Romances
See a list of the 10 strangest shojo manga love stories, including the odd couples from Guru Guru Pon-Chan, Portrait of M & N and Otomen.
The Story of Saiunkoku Volume 1
Read a review of The Story of Saiunkoku Volume 1, a shojo manga series by Sai Yukino and Kairi Yura from Shojo Beat / VIZ Media. Although she comes from a noble lineage, Shurei Hong's family is near broke. But when she's offered a large amount of money to live in the palace, she jumps at the chance, even though it means being the consort to the Emperor, a young man who is rumored to be more interested in enjoying the company of men than ruling his country.
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.
Introduction to Shonen Manga
Geared for teen and young adult males, shonen manga, such as Naruto, Bleach and One Piece capture readers' attention with their exciting stories and dynamic characters. About.com's manga guide introduces you to this immensely popular style of comics that is winning the hearts of comics fans worldwide.
FanimeCon Anime Convention Profile
Profile of FanimeCon, an anime and manga convention held annually in San Jose, California. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
OT - Older Teens Age 16+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "R" movie rating, the "OT – Older Teens, Age 16+" rating means that the dialogue may
Chinese Manhua, Comics and Graphic Novels
See a list of Chinese comics or manhua in English, by Chinese creators and artists, including stories both contemporary and historic-themed stories, including Remember, The History of the West Wing and Wild Animals.
10 San Diego Comic-Con Survival Tips
Attending San Diego Comic-Con is a lot of fun, but a little advance planning can make the difference between aggravation and satisfaction. See my time-tested San Diego Comic-Con survival tips and make the most out of your trip to America's biggest and best comics, sci-fi, games and collectibles show.
Otaku
There are manga and anime fans, and then there are otaku, the super-fans who eat, drink, shop, collect and obsess over every facet of manga, anime and games. Learn about the origins of otaku culture in Japan, and its spread to Asia, Europe and America.
Interview: Felipe Smith - Page 2
Read an interview with American/Jamaican/Argentinean manga creator Felipe Smith, the artist and author of Peepo Choo and MBQ. Smith has the rare distinction of being one of the first American comics creators to produce a monthly comics series for Morning Magazine, one of the top seinen manga publications in Japan.
Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 1
Read a review of Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 1, a yonkoma manga series by Hidekaz Himaruya from TokyoPop. Oh history… so dull and boring – that is, until you re-imagine the various nations of the world as very cute boys with country-specific personality quirks. Take a look at the Axis Powers of WWII: Germany's a hard-ass, Japan is shy, and Italy is a pasta-loving buffoon.
Naruto Series Profile and Story Summary
Why is Naruto one of the most popular shonen manga in the world? Read story summaries, character profiles and go behind the scenes and find out more about Naruto's creator, Masashi Kishimoto.
Tsundere
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Interview: NaRae Lee
Read an interview with NaRae Lee, the Korean manhwa artist behind the graphic novel adaptation of James Patterson's Maximum Ride. Lee made her first trip to the United States to appear at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 to sign autographs at the Yen Press booth and meet fans of her work that's featured in Yen Plus Magazine.
E - Everyone / A - All Ages Content Rating
: Equivalent to a “G” movie rating, the “E – Everyone” or “A- All Ages” rating means that the comic is
Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers
See a recommended reading list of yaoi and yuri manga as selected by the panelists at the Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ (Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer) panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Chris Butcher, Scott Robins, Alex Woolfson, Leyla Acker, Erica Friedman and moderator Robin Brenner selected 20 titles worth recommending to gay readers and gave reasons why these books are noteworthy.
Interview: Takehiko Inoue - Page 2
Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk, Vagabond and Real, recently made an appearance at the Books Kinokuniya in NYC. In our interview with Inoue-sensei, we talked about his manga, his love of sports, and his relationship with his readers.
San Diego Comic-Con International Profile
Profile of San Diego Comic Con International, a comics, sci-fi, anime, movies and pop culture convention held annually in Southern California. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
Print On Demand (POD) Publishing
What is print on demand (POD) publishing? Print on demand allows for printing relatively small quantities of a book or comic with a shorter turnaround time than traditional offset printing. This makes this option very attractive for self-publishing graphic novels and comics.
9 "War is Hell" Military Manga
After World War II, Japan's armed forces have been relegated to non-combat roles on the world stage.
Digital Manga Publishing Publisher Profile
Read a profile of Digital Manga Publishing, a print and digital manga publishing company based in Gardena, California. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
Fruits Basket Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of the Fruits Basket, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Natsuki Takaya. One of the most popular shojo manga released in the U.S., Fruits Basket is a 23-volume fantasy/romance/soap opera about an ever-cheerful high school girl and a very wealthy family with a strange curse. 13 members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animal spirits represented in the Chinese zodiac.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 2
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Mangastream vs. Shonen Jump Alpha - Page 2
Read comments from fans, and commentary about scanlation site Mangastream and their decision to pull their fan-translated versions of Shonen Jump manga from their website, and the arrival of Shonen Jump Alpha, VIZ Media's new digital weekly manga magazine, published near-simultaneously with Japan for North America.
Yaoi Press Publisher Profile
Read a profile of name of yaoi / boys love manga publishing company Yaoi Press. Includes address, web site, editorial focus and popular current titles, plus recent news items about Yaoi Press.
VIZ Media Publisher Profile
Profile of manga publishing company Viz Media LLC. Includes address, website, editorial focus and popular current titles.
All the Anime and Comic Conventions You Can...
What’s more fun than reading manga? Going to an anime, manga or comics convention! Our calendar list features an updated schedule of anime, manga and comics conventions in the U.S., Japan and Europe, with dates, locations, events, web sites and links to photo galleries.
Q&A; with Yoshitaka Amano - Page 2
Read a Q&A session with legendary character designer, artist and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano from New York Anime Festival 2008. Find out why the artist behind Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D loves American superhero comics, how he straddles the worlds of fine art, video games and manga and his creative strategies that has made him one of the most successful illustrators in Japan. Page 2.
Introduction to Original English Language Manga
Inspired by Japanese manga but created by American, European or Canadian creators, original English language manga or OEL manga is staking its claim to its place the world of comics and mainstream publishing. About.com's manga guide introduces you to this emerging and fast-growing segment of the graphic novels world.
Yen Press Publisher Profile
Profile of North American manga publishing company Yen Press. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, submission policy, and popular current titles.
Introduction to Shojo Manga
About.com's Manga Guide introduces you to the best shojo manga or Japanese comics for girls. With profiles of popular series including magical Sailor Moon to sexy and sophisticated Nana, our introduction takes a look inside the romantic, stylish and humorous world of shojo manga and explains why comics aren't just a guy thing anymore
Spookiest (and Silliest) Ghosts and Zombies Manga
Looking for the best manga ghost stories and graphic novels about zombies and the evil dead? From Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to Zombie Loan, here's my list of some of the spookiest, silliest and most entertaining ghost stories and zombie rampages ever captured in manga.
The Walking Man by Jiro Taniguchi
A gorgeous, impossibly detailed graphic novel by a master manga-ka (comics artist), The Walking Man is
NYAF '10: Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for...
Author and librarian Robin Brenner gathered a group of manga bloggers, experts and readers for the Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Christopher Butcher, Scott Robins, Alex Woolfson, Leyla Aker and Erica Friedman discussed the issues about boys love and girls love manga for gay readers, why readers in Japan and the U.S. view these stories differently and provided a recommended reading list.
Lovely Complex Manga Profile and Story Summary
Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in her class. Atsushi Otani is the shortest boy in school. When this mismatched pair decides to help each other find dates, they're perplexed when their efforts only result in their classmates thinking that they're the couple in love. Read a description of the Love*Com (Lovely Complex) shojo manga series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Aya Nakahara.
Uzumaki Manga Series Profile and Story Summary
In Uzumaki, a small Japanese village is gripped by a strange obsession with spirals. Junji Ito's horror masterpiece offers a series of short stories that describe the bizarre fates of the villagers, each story more inventive and horrifying than the last. Read a description of the Uzumaki manga series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Junji Ito.
Future Diary Volume 1
Read a review of Future Diary Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Sakae Esuno from TokyoPop. Yukiteru is a quiet, somewhat antisocial high school student who'd rather sit on the sidelines observing people than actually connecting with them in any way. But his obsession with texting to his cell phone diary plays a key part in a high stakes game of cosmic and deadly proportions.
Hero Tales Volume 1
Read a review of Hero Tales Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Jin Zhou Huang and Hiromu Arakawa from Yen Press. Taitou is a brash and strong warrior. At his coming-of-age ceremony, Taitou learns that he' s one of the seven heroes prophesied to save the empire and receives a magical sword. But when its stolen, Taitou must learn how to be a hero to get it back.
Seinen Manga
Definition of seinen manga or Japanese comics for men, plus examples of seinen manga.
Black Butler Volume 1
Read a review of Black Butler Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Yana Toboso from Yen Press. Sebastian is the utterly unflappable and completely competent butler in service to young Ciel Phantomhive, the heir and head of the household of the Phantomhive toy manufacturing empire. But are there darker reasons for Sebastian's almost inhuman ability to serve?
Jason Thompson's Top 10 Manga List
Manga editor, author and expert Jason Thompson has read thousands of Japanese comics. But given the choice, what did he pick as his top 10 all-time favorite manga series? See his picks, from the popular to the obscure, including Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Sugar Sugar Rune and Panorama of Hell in Jason Thompson's Top 10 Manga List.
Blue by Kiriko Nananan
Spare and elegant, Blue by Kiriko Nananan is a sensitive, minimalist take on yuri, or girls love manga. Read our review to learn more about this decidedly different Japanese graphic novel from Fanfare / Ponent Mon.
Aurora Publishing Publisher Profile
Founded: 2006 (Stopped publishing in North America in 2010) Official Web Sites: http://www.aurora-publishing.com
Josei Manga - Ladies Comics
: Literally translates as "comics for women" or specifically, for female readers between the ages of
Moé
: Derived from the Japanese verb " moeru " ("to bud" as in plants or flowers), " moé " can mean several
Making a Living in Manga: Part 5
The fifth part of the Making a Living in Manga series looks at 5 ways that the dysfunctional manga economy in North America could be fixed. It's fairly obvious that career prospects are fairly bleak for North American comics creators who want to draw in a manga-influenced style. But what can be done to make things better? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Svetlana Chmakova, Kosen and Fred Gallagher had to say in this lively online discussion.
Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1
Read a review of Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1, an adult manga series by Katsu Aki from TokyoPop. Newlyweds Makoto and Yura discover that they're both virgins, and they've both got a lot to learn about the fine art of getting it on.
Maximum Ride Volume 1
Maximum Ride is a pretty teen who must deal with bigger problems than prom dates and exams: She has wings
JuYoun Lee on Yen Press' Talent Search, Plus...
After their 2012 New Talent Search, Yen Press Senior Editor JuYoun Lee explains some of the common pitfalls of aspiring manga creators in North America. She also offers some advice for artists, and she explained why there were no 'winners' in this yearly search for new comics creators.
6 Tips To Get More Manga in Your Local Library
Want to get more manga added to your local library's collection? Librarian and author Robin Brenner shares 6 simple ways to help nudge your local librarian to get hip to the manga tip.
CMX Manga Publisher Profile
From the house that Superman built, CMX Manga is the manga-centric imprint of DC Comics. Publishing a mix of classic and contemporary Japanese comics, shojo and shonen manga titles, CMX has recently added Megatokyo, an original English-language manga series to its roster.
Bleach Manga Profile
Why is Bleach one of the most popular shonen manga in the world? Read story summaries, character profiles and go behind the scenes and find out more about Bleach's creator, Tite Kubo.
Shojo Manga Gift Guide
Find great gifts for shojo manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, toys, and more. See what's on shojo manga fan's most wanted lists, including Fruits Basket manga, Peach Girl DVDs, Pocky purses and much, much more.
Del Rey Manga Publisher Profile
A division of U.S. publishing giant Random House working in partnership with Kodansha, Del Rey Manga publishes English-language editions of Japanese manga. See more information about this company, plus a list of their bestselling titles.
Peepo Choo Volume 1
Read a review of Peepo Choo Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Felipe Smith from Vertical. Milton is an American otaku in Chicago who dreams of visiting Japan, the home of the anime and manga that he loves. But Milton's in for a surprise when he wins a trip to Japan and finds himself on a collision course with a homicidal yakuza mobster, an assassin and a bikini model with a violent streak.
With The Light Volume 1
Based on the true-life experiences of parents raising autistic children, With The Light (Hikari to Tomoni) tells the story of Sachiko, a young mother and her struggles to understand autism and her autistic son, Hikaru. Read a review of With The Light Volume 1, a josei manga graphic novel by Keiko Tobe from Yen Press.
T - Teens Age 13+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "PG-13" movie rating, the "T - Teens, Age 13+" rating means that there may be some
Interview: Arina Tanemura
Shojo manga artist Arina Tanemura made a rare U.S. appearance at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con. Read our interview and see how she answered questions from her fans about her creations, Full Moon o Sagashite, Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and her latest hit Gentlemen's Alliance Cross.
Interview: Keiko Takemiya - Page 2
Legendary artist, author and educator Keiko Takemiya has been creating and innovating in the world of manga for over 40 years. Read our interview and discover Takemiya-sensei's take on being a female artist in the Seventies, her role in the creation and evolution of boys love / yaoi manga, and her feelings about the new anime version of To Terra released in 2007.
Interview: Jenna Winterberg and Michelle Nguyen...
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Making a Living in Manga: Part 3
Do many would-be manga artists have the skills to pay the bills? That is, are they creating publication-ready, professional quality work? Do they have the business and marketing smarts to sell themselves and their work? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Adam Warren, and Jamie Lynn Lano had to say in this lively online discussion.
Shonen Jump Catches Up With Japan's Jump
See what Andy Nakatani, Editor in Chief of the North America edition of Weekly Shonen Jump had to say about the relaunch of VIZ Media's digital manga magazine, as it moved to simultaneous publication with the Japanese edition of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, including comments about the new series, One Punch Man by ONE and Yusuke Murata and plans for making Shonen Jump available to readers outside of North America.
Blue Exorcist Volume 1
Read a review of Blue Exorcist Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Kazue Kato from Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media. Scrappy Rin Okumura and his studious twin brother Yukio both grew up under the care of Father Fujimoto. But upon turning 15, Rin discovers a secret that has been kept from him since birth: he’s the half-human/half-demon son of Satan. After a brush with the demon lord, Rin swears to battle his father by becoming an exorcist.
Interview: Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei - Page 2
Read an interview with American comics legend Stan Lee and Japanese manga artist Hiroyuki Takei, the co-creators of Ultimo. Lee and Takei made several joint appearances at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 to promote the recent addition of Ultimo to the pages of Shonen Jump magazine.
Y - Youth Age 10+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "PG" movie rating, the "Y –Youth, Age 10+" rating indicate that there may be a low
Afterschool Charisma Volume 1
Read a review of Afterschool Charisma Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Kumiko Suekane from VIZ Signature / VIZ Media. The students of St. Kleio Academy are blessed, and cursed with very unique lives: they are all clones of famous (and infamous) historical figures. But are they doomed to repeat the lives, mistakes and deaths of their predecessors? And what sinister forces are conspiring to kill all of the St. Kleio clones?
Honey and Clover Movie - Morita
Yusuke Iseya as Shinobu Morita in Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Kuroba), the movie from VIZ Pictures. Honey and Clover is a live-action Japanese romantic comedy based on the shojo manga series by Chica Umino, starring Yu Aoi, Sho Sakurai and Yusuke Iseya. Page 6.
Brief History of Manga & Japanese Comic Books
Want to know more about the origins of manga, or Japanese comics? About.com's guide explore manga's beginnings from humourous 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.
Fairy Tail Volume 2
Read a review of Fairy Tail Volume 2, a new action adventure shonen manga series by Hiro Mashima from Del Rey Manga. In this second volume, Lucy, Natsu and Happy are on a mission to find and destroy a book. Trouble is, the book is in the possession of a rich politician who's got two powerful bodyguards and a posse of very ugly maids protecting him.
Interview: Svetlana Chmakova - Page 2
About.com Manga interviewed Svetlana Chmakova at the 2007 New York Anime Festival, as Dramacon Volume 3 was released and her next series, Night School was announced. With so much accomplished and so much on the horizon for this global manga creator, we spoke with Chmakova about Dramacon, her favorite manga and her plans for her next series, Night School.
Interview: Taiyo Matsumoto - Page 2
Read an interview with Japanese manga creator Taiyo Matsumoto, the artist and author of No. 5, Go Go Monster and Tekkon Kinkreet by Christopher Butcher. Matsumoto explains some of the thoughts and creative process behind No. 5, his epic tale now available in English for the iPad. Page 3.
Warcraft: Death Knight
Read a review of World of Warcraft: Death Knight Volume 1, an original English language manga one-shot based on the World of Warcraft MMROPG by Dan Jolley and Rocio Zucchi from TokyoPop. World of WarCraft gamer and blogger Jimmy Blocksom takes a look at this WarCraft manga and sees if it lives up to the excitement of the online fantasy-adventure universe.
Top 10 Manga Reviewing Tips
As the manga guide / editor for About.com, I get to read and write about a lot of manga. Along the way, I've learned a few things about the in's and out's of manga reviewing. Here are 10 tips for manga reviews that have worked well for me.
Offset Printing
What is offset printing? Offset printing is the main way that books, magazines, and newspapers are printed today. Offset refers to the use of photo-sensitized printing plates with text and images that are inked and are transferred to paper through large printing presses.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 4
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Slam Dunk Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Slam Dunk, a basketball manga by Takehiko Inoue, including a story summary, character descriptions and notable facts about this shonen manga series. Learn more about Inoue-sensei and the numerous awards and accolades that he received for this influential graphic novel.
PULP Manga Anthology Magazine Profile
Profile of PULP, a monthly manga anthology magazine, published in the U.S. by Viz Media. Includes information about manga series featured, regular columns and its editorial direction.
Naoki Urasawa's Monster
The recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Award and nominated for an Eisner Award, Naoki Urasawa's Monster is one of the most acclaimed mystery manga by one of Japan's most popular artists. Read a description of the series and learn more about its creator.
Iron Wok Jan Volume 1
Much like a Hong Kong kung fu flick chased with a case of Red Bull, Iron Wok Jan by Shinji Saijyo is a hyperactive cooking manga that turns cooking Chinese cuisine into a ruthless, no-holds-barred martial arts competition. Read a review of Iron Wok Jan Volume 1 and see if this graphic novel is a dish worth ordering.
Gin Tama Volume 1
Read a review of Gin Tama Volume 1, a shonen manga sci-fi comedy series by Hideaki Sorachi from Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media. A wacky mix of samurai action, irreverent comedy and anything goes sci-fi plot twists, Gin Tama serves up an entertaining story that mercilessly skewers every shonen manga cliché in the book.
Death Note Volume 1
In Death Note Volume 1, high school student Light Yagami finds a supernatural notebook that gives him the power to kill criminals with just the stroke of a pen. Read our review and see why Deathnote is one of the most talked-about shonen manga titles in years.
Shonen Jump (U.S.) Manga Magazine Profile
Profile of Shonen Jump, a monthly shonen manga magazine for boys, published in the U.S. by Viz Media. Includes information about manga series featured, regular columns and its editorial direction.
Nana by Ai Yazawa - Series Profile and Story...
Stylish, romantic and hip, Nana by Ai Yazawa is one of the best-selling shojo manga series out today. Read story summaries, character profiles and learn more about Nana artist, Ai Yazawa.
Manga Gifts Guide
Find gift-worthy art books, hardcover editions, boxed sets, DVDs and kid-friendly fare that manga readers will love. See my picks for great manga gifts, including the Fullmetal Alchemist box set, the MegaMan Tribute art book and Mameshiba Loves Winter.
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Volume 1
Read a review of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino and Kouzoh Ohmori from Bandai Entertainment. Like the Gundam 00 anime series? Then you just might like this mediocre manga adaptation – but for the rest of us, it's probably a waste of time.
ADV Manga Publisher Profile
ADV Manga primarily publishes shonen and shojo manga titles related to ADV Films' anime DVD releases, including Azumanga Daioh. Find out more about this Houston-based purveyor of all things anime.
Interview: Madeleine Rosca
With the latest volume of her award-winning global manga series due in the stores, we interviewed Madeleine Rosca , the artist, author and creator of Hollow Fields. In our conversation, we talked about what inspired her to create her steampunk adventure story and the low-down on what it's like to be a manga artist from Down Under.
Fairy Tail Volume 1
Read a review of Fairy Tail Volume 1, a new action adventure shonen manga series by Hiro Mashima from Del Rey Manga. Lucy is an aspiring wizard who wants nothing more than to join the hottest magic guild around, Fairy Tail. When she meets Natsu and his talking cat Happy, she finds herself hooked up for the adventure of a lifetime.
Blood+ Volume 1
Read a review of Blood+, a seinen manga series by Asuka Katsura from Dark Horse. Based on the animated sequel to Blood: The Last Vampire, Blood+ picks up the story decades after Saya's vampire hunting work in Vietnam War-ear Okinawa. Now a high school student with amnesia, Saya enjoys her new life with her adopted family, but her destiny catches up with her soon than she expects.
Manga Gift Books Guide
Find gift-worthy art books and deluxe editions that manga readers will love. From lavishly illustrated guides to the manga and anime legends like Osamu Tezuka and Satoshi Kon, to wonderful one-shots that can introduce even novices to the joys of manga.
Nana - The Black Stones Reunite
Tomomi Maruyama as Yasu, Kenichi Matsuyama as Shin, Aoi Miyazaki as Nana K., Mika Nakashima as Nana O. and Hiroki Narimiya as Nobu in Nana, the movie from VIZ Pictures. Nana is a live-action Japanese romantic rock and roll movie based on the shojo manga series by Ai Yazawa, starring Mika Nakashima and Aoi Miyazaki. Page 10.
Hollow Fields Vol. 2 Preview - Cover
Hollow Fields Volume 2 by Madeleine Rosca, a global manga series published by Seven Seas Manga
Seduce Me After The Show
Read a review of Seduce Me After The Show, a collection of yaoi manga short stories by est em from Deux Press / Aurora Publishing. A flamenco dancer and an actor. A painter with artists block and a gallery owner. An aging punk legend and an up and coming rocker. Seduce Me After The Show brings together these creative men in five short stories about guys loving guys.
Soul Eater Volume 1 & 2
Read a review of Soul Eater Volume 1 & 2, a shonen manga series by Atsushi Ohkubo from Yen Press. Maka and her scythe Soul Eater are just two of many teenage teams at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, all seeking to harvest 99 human souls and one witch's soul to become a powerful scythe worthy of the god of Death.
Interview: Jason Thompson - Page 2
As editor for Dragon Ball, One Piece and Shonen Jump magazine, Jason Thompson spent the better part of the last decade in the center of the manga universe. With his new book, Manga: The Complete Guide, Thompson shares his insights about the wide world of manga. Read our interview with Thompson and get his take on where manga's been, where it's at now and where it's going from here.
Yaoi-Con Convention Profile
Profile of Yaoi-Con, a yaoi / boys love anime and manga convention held annually in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes information about dates, schedule of events, special guests and travel tips.
Bat Manga! The Secret History of Batman in...
See a gallery of preview pages and artwork from Bat Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan by Chip Kidd and Saul Ferris from U.S., Japan and International editions from Pantheon Books.
Interview: Adam Warren - Part 1
Read an interview with comics creator Adam Warren, the creator of Empowered and artist for the English Dirty Pair stories. To mark the arrival of Empowered Volume 7, Warren talks about his manga influences, and where he's taking his super heroine with the not-so-sturdy supersuit next. Page 2.
Nana - Nana and Ren Bathe
Mika Nakashima as Nana Osaki and Ryuhei Matsuda as Ren in Nana, the movie from VIZ Pictures. Nana is a live-action Japanese romantic rock and roll movie based on the shojo manga series by Ai Yazawa, starring Mika Nakashima and Aoi Miyazaki. Page 9.
Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures in Japan
Read a review of Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures in Japan series by Aimee Major Steinberger from Go! Comi. Part comic sketch book, part travel diary and part Japanese pop culture manual, Japan Ai is Steinberger's love letter to the land of cosplay, anime, geishas and pocky.
Interview: Erica Friedman - Page 2
Read our interview with yuri manga (girls love) expert and publisher Erica Friedman and find out her favorite Japanese yuri manga stories where the girl gets the girl. Also, learn more about the origins of yuri manga and YuriCon, America's only convention dedicated to girls love manga and anime. Page 2.
Maid Sama! Volume 1
Read a review of Maid Sama! Volume 1, a shojo manga series by Hiro Fujiwara from TokyoPop. Misaki is strong and smart, so it's little wonder that she became class president at the formerly all-boys Seika Academy. But what her classmates don't know is that their stern, boy-hating president moonlights at a maid café. Much to her horror, Misaki is seen in her frilly maid costume by the one boy who doesn't fear her, Takumi.
Inoue mural signing
Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond completes his mural at Books Kinokuniya Bryant Park in New York City. Page 11.
Honey and Clover - Hagumi Painting
Yu Aoi as Hagu Hanamoto in Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Kuroba), the movie from VIZ Pictures. Honey and Clover is a live-action Japanese romantic comedy based on the shojo manga series by Chica Umino, starring Yu Aoi, Sho Sakurai and Yusuke Iseya. Page 5.
Gin Tama Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Gin Tama, a shonen manga comedy adventure series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Hideaki Sorachi. In an alternate version of reality, the era of samurai came to an end when aliens landed in Japan and took up residence. So what's an unemployed swordsman to do? If you're Gintoki Sataka, you take on odd jobs for cash – and in this strange new world, the odd jobs are really odd, and so are the customers.
What a Wonderful World! Volumes 1 & 2
Only one modern manga creator would write a scene where a man is suddenly run over by a truck and his
Interview: Bryan Lee O'Malley - Page 2
Read an interview with comics creator Bryan Lee O'Malley, the artist and author of Scott Pilgrim andLost at Sea. O'Malley was in Toronto for the midnight release party for Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour at The Beguiling, and to promote Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the feature film adaptation of his story about a slacker, the girl he loves, and the seven evil exes that he must defeat in order to date her. Page 2.
Oishinbo Ala Carte Volume 1: Japanese Cuisine
From the land that brought you Iron Chef and $100 melons comes Oishinbo , the ultimate graphic novel
Mushishi Series Profile
Title: Mushishi (US and Japan) Author and Artist: Yuki Urushibara Publishers: Del Rey Manga (US) Kodansha
KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga +...
Read a review of KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games, an exhibit of of Japanese anime, manga and video presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Japan Society Gallery in New York City. Anime, manga and video game bloggers Evan Minto and Scott VonSchilling took in the show, and came back with this tag-tea review.
Bakuman Volume 1
Read a review of Bakuman Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata from Shonen Jump / VIZ Media. 14-year old Moritaka loves to draw, but it's not until his classmate Takagi approaches him that he even considers pursuing a career as a manga artist. Together, the two boys begin pursuing their dream of becoming professional comics creators – but are they up to the challenge?
Man's Ruin: Geek Culture
Man's Ruin by Nina Matsumoto, as featured on DeviantArt. Page 14.
Honey and Clover Movie - Hagu and Yamada
Megumi Seki as Ayumi Yamada in Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Kuroba), the movie from VIZ Pictures. Honey and Clover is a live-action Japanese romantic comedy based on the shojo manga series by Chica Umino, starring Yu Aoi, Sho Sakurai and Yusuke Iseya. Page 15.
A Distant Neighborhood Volumes 1 & 2
Read a review of A Distant Neighborhood Volumes 1 & 2, a seinen manga series by Jiro Taniguchi from Fanfare - Ponent Mon. Middle-aged salaryman finds himself mysteriously transported back in time to live his life as a 14-year old boy once more, with all of his adult memories and knowledge intact. Can he or should he change the past?
Love*Com (Lovely Complex) Movie Photo Gallery
See photos from Love*Com, the live-action film adaptation of Aya Nakahara's shojo manga series from VIZ Pictures. Our Love*Com movie preview gallery includes scenes from this Japanese romantic comedy starring Ema Fujisawa as Risa Koizumi, Teppei Koike as Atsushi Otani and Shosuke Tanihara as Mr. Maitake.
Leave It To PET Volume 1
PET is a pint-sized, self-proclaimed "super robot" made from a recycled plastic bottle. His mission?
Little Butterfly
Read a review of Little Butterfly, a yaoi manga series by Hinako Takanaga from June Manga / Digital Manga Publishing. Sullen teenager Nakahara has got a lot of problems, but the friendship of upbeat Kojima isn’t one of them. Can their friendship and later, their love endure Kojima's problems at home?
Black Jack Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of the Black Jack, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Osamu Tezuka. Black Jack is a rogue doctor who can perform medical miracles, for a price. No operation is too outrageous, no affliction too dire for Black Jack to find a cure for whatever injustice ails them.
Fever Volume 1
Just flipping through this first volume of Fever , it's easy to appreciate Hee Jung Park's elegant, contemporary
Shonen Manga Gift Guide
Find great gifts for shonen manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, action figures, and more. See what's on shonen manga fan's most wanted lists, including Naruto manga, Death Note DVDs, Bleach action figures and much, much more.
Takehiko Inoue mural - Monday afternoon
Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond completes his mural at Books Kinokuniya Bryant Park in New York City. Page 3.
Tantric Stripfighter Trina Volume 1
Read a review of Tantric Stripfighter Trina Volume 1, a original English language manga series by Ken Faggio and Fernando Furukawa from TokyoPop. Trina Devi saw her tribe killed off by mercenaries. Now the last of the Tantric Strip Fighters is out for revenge.

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