He should know

I know it’s probably bad manners to link to my own blog, but I thought Matt Thorn’s summary of his Japanese students’ response to western comics was so interesting that I wanted to highlight it:

“Just as Americans are reluctant to watch foreign (non-English-language) films, Japanese are for the most part unwilling to read comics that are ‘backwards,’ in which the text is horizontal rather than vertical, which have a large amount of per page, and which, well, aren’t manga.”

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