Posts Tagged ‘Manga’

Now at CAM: Drawing the Sword

Posted by on January 20th, 2010 at 10:29 AM

You know what this blog would be great for?  Pimping Cartoon Art Museum events!

I’ve been a volunteer at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco for–sheesh–ten years now, and I’m married to the curator.  In my world, there is

Adam Stephanides on xxxHolic

Posted by on January 19th, 2010 at 3:15 PM

On the Hooded Utilitarian Adam Stephanides contributes a guest post to the ongoing xxxHolic roundtable.

Things the Industry Is Doing Right

Posted by on January 15th, 2010 at 11:58 AM

This being The Comics Journal and all, we tend to focus on the thousands of things the comics industry does wrong.  But that gets to be such a downer.  Here, because lists are the ideal form of online discourse, are

TCJ 300: Lost in Translation

Posted by on December 30th, 2009 at 12:01 AM


Bring the Noise
Essay by Bill Randall

From Akira Toriyama's Dragonball Vol. 3, translated by Mari Marimoto; ©1984 Bird Studio.

A little prelude. Not long after this journal started, I was a kid watching Star Blazers on a crackling UHF channel the rabbit ears barely caught. When it rained, Desslok died in the static.

And the puns. Oh, the untranslatable puns.

Posted by on December 21st, 2009 at 7:35 PM

About a month back, the great manga translator/scholar Matt Thorn posted on his blog about the poor state of manga translation. How bad is it? “I can rarely get through more then ten pages of a translated manga,” writes Thorn,

The Rough Guides to ANIME and MANGA: Review

Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 11:30 AM

The Rough Guide to Anime by Simon Richmond et al.; Rough Guides; 304 pp., $18.99; Softcover; ISBN: 978-1858282053

The Rough Guide to Manga by Jason Yadao et al.; Rough Guides;  304 pp., $18.99; Softcover; 978-1858285610

Britain’s so-called “Rough Guides” have

Japan Pop: DOA?

Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 12:25 AM

The creativity isn’t lacking. Japanese artists are working harder than ever to produce ever more expansive versions of their craft. What’s wrong is the delivery system.

Which reminds me: Everyone’s writing about “putting the genie back into the bottle.” Last

Manga and Anime: DOA?

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 2:45 PM

“Americans have a history of getting excited about dying Japanese art forms, without realizing they are dying.” So said my good friend and anime authority Frederik L. Schodt three years ago, when I first spoke to him for my book,

Prison Pit: Book One

Posted by on December 3rd, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Prison Pit: Book One by Johnny Ryan; Fantagraphics; 120 pp., $12.99;  B&W, Softcover;  ISBN: 9781606992975

Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit is probably as close as comics are likely to come to exploitation cinema. Like the best exploitation dreck from Texas Chainsaw

Noah Berlatsky reviews Junko Mizuno’s Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu

Posted by on November 30th, 2009 at 3:35 PM

A lot of lowbrow art, from Robert Williams on down, leaves me cold. The slickness can be off-putting, and the kitschy cultural references get old fast.  But really, the main problem is simply the glibness. The surreal juxtaposition of a

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