Saturday linkblogging

Paul Gravett, author of Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics and Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know (both highly recommended), gives an overview of the United Kingdom’s original English language manga scene.

Webcomic creator and champion of overlooked manga of all flavors Shaenon K. Garrity makes a case for Keiko Takemiya’s To Terra… (Vertical), and makes a request of a certain on-line reference site:

“(Okay, I just went over to Wikipedia and Takemiya only has a stub. An inaccurate stub. There’s a Wikipedia entry for every single individual Pokemon, and this is the best they can do for one of the most gifted and influential cartoonists in manga history? NOT COOL, WIKIPEDIA. Quit systematically deleting everything about webcomics and get to work writing some damn articles.)”

At Manga Recon, Katherine Dacey-Tsuei gives Fumiyo Kouno’s Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms (Last Gasp) a well-deserved A+. If I haven’t said it lately, buy this book.

At Blog@Newsarama, Graeme McMillan rounds up some news related to Osamu Tezuka, the God of Manga. While I’d love to see new editions of Frederik Schodt’s marvelous Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan, a collection of essays on Tezuka will certainly tide me over. (Now, when is Matt Thorn going to write the definitive history of shôjo? I’ve been hoping for it since he interviewed Moto Hagio in The Comics Journal.)

2 Responses to Saturday linkblogging

  1. Matt Thorn says:

    Ouch. Um… I’m in negotiations with a pretty big publisher…? Honest. I swear. But, like, you know, life gets in the way, the best laid plans of mice and Matt, etc., etc.

    2008…?

    By the way, I’ve considered trying to improve some of the shoujo manga-related articles on Wikipedia, but I can’t figure out the editing system, and I also don’t want to write anything that I would eventually want to publish myself…say, in a definitive history of shoujo manga. But I did write a 53-word mini-intro to Takemiya in an Animerica column way back in 1994, and a whole 128 words or so in that TCJ article on the Forty-Niners. The Wikipedia article on Takemiya is downright bizarre. I can’t even figure what the author is trying to say. The article on Ohshima Yumiko is shamefully, um, “brief”. The one on Hagio is a bit better, but doesn’t cite references properly.

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    Oh, all right. I guess I can be patient. And I’ll even promise to buy more than one copy when it’s published.

    I think the shortage of information on Wikipedia is probably just a case of the right interests not intersecting yet. See, this is all the more reason to get cracking on that book, so people can rip it off for a free, democratically generated online resource!

    (I’m kidding, obviously.)

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