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Beaty, Bart and Stephen Weiner, eds. Manga. Critical Survey of Graphic Novels. Englewood Cliffs: Salem Pr. 2012. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-58765-955-3
BibTeX citation key: Beaty2012d
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Categories: General
Keywords: Encyclopedia, Japan, Manga
Creators: Beaty, Weiner
Publisher: Salem Pr. (Englewood Cliffs)
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The third set in this series, Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga, provides in-depth insight for over 55 of the most popular and studied manga graphic novels, ranging from metaseries to stand-alone books. A recent influx of translated Japanese manga into the American market has sparked a greater interest in foreign-language traditions and long-form comics storytelling. This single-volume subset focuses on translated works that have been particularly influential in the development of the manga tradition.
Often defined by characteristics such as stylized line work, cultural-specific narratives and compelling storytelling that often stand in contrast to the character-centric framework of American comics, manga nonetheless encompasses a broad range of genres and subgenres. Researchers will gain a better understanding of the latter, which, in the manga tradition, is represented by a wide spectrum that includes josei manga, which targets a mature female audience; shoujo-ai manga, which focuses on the spiritual, sexual, or emotional aspects of relationships; shonen-ai, manga created by female authors that focuses on homoerotic or homoromantic male relationships; and kodomo manga, created exclusively for a young audience.
Each essay, presented in critical format by leading writers in the field of study, will look beyond the archetypal and consumerist aspects of the medium to show the wide range of literary themes and dynamic artistic styles inherent in the manga format.

Essay Sections
Each essay in Manga includes the following:
  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Author(s): Primary authors
  • Illustrator(s): lists main illustrator(s) and penciller(s), inker(s), colorist(s), letterer(s), cover artist(s).
  • First serial publication: date range for original issues.
  • First book publication: first collected edition in graphic novel format.
  • Publisher: name of original publisher.
  • Awards: awards won from Angoulême to Eisner.
  • Plot: main story progression and story arcs.
  • Volumes: For series, lists individual volumes/collections: often comprising different story arcs., representing the accepted reading order of the work; provides the year when each collection was published; issues that were collected in that volume, and a synopsis of the volume’s main focus, and significance in the collection.
  • Publication history – overview of the work’s origin and publication chronology.
  • Plot – a synopsis of the main story and story arcs.
  • Volumes – listings of individual volumes/collections, often comprising different story arcs and representing the accepted reading order of the work; publication year of each volume and issue; synopsis of each volume’s main focus and a discussion of its significance in the collection.
  • Characters – detailed descriptions of major character in the story, including “also known as” names (e.g., “Logan” for Wolverine), physical attributes, the role the character played (e.g., antagonist, protagonist), and their relationships with others.
  • Artistic Style – analysis of the work’s visual content as it relates to characterization, plot, and mood; analysis of the illustrators use of color, grays, and black and white illustrations; discussion of any changes in the style as the story progresses and the artists’ distinctive use of bubbles, dialog, captions, panels, background, and more.
  • Themes – identification of central themes in the work and how they relate to characterization and style.
  • Impact – the work’s influence on the creators’ careers; the creation of new characters or new series; publishing houses; the history of graphic novels; and literature in general.
  • Films – films based on this work, their differences and/or similarities with the novel, and their effectiveness.
  • Television Series – TV series based on this work and their differences and/or similarities with the novel, and their effectiveness.
  • Further Reading – three to five other graphic novels that audiences for this one will want to read.
  • Bibliography – secondary literature for more in-depth study of the work, its creator(s), or the genre.

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Note
Contributor List

Astro Boy
Banana Fish
Barefoot Gen
Battle Angel Alita
Black Jack
Blade of the Immortal
Boys over Flowers
Cardcaptor Sakura
Crying Freeman
Death Note
Distant Neighborhood, A
Dragon Ball
Dr. Slump
Drifting Classroom, The
Drifting Life, A
Fist of the North Star
Four Immigrants Manga, The
From Eroica with Love
Fruits Basket
Fullmetal Alchemist
Ghost in the Shell
Golgo 13
Hikaru no go
InuYasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale
Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Lone Wolf and Cub
Lupin III
Maison Ikkoku
Mai, the Psychic Girl
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Ode to Kirihito
Oh My Goddess!
Old Boy
One Piece
Pluto (Urasawa/Tezuka)
Ranma 1/2
Rose of Versailles, The
Rurouni Kenshin
Sailor Moon
Saint Seiya Knights of the Zodiac
Slam Dunk
Speed Racer Mach Go Go Go
To Terra
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
20th Century Boys
Usagi Yojimbo
Uzumaki Spiral into Horror
We Were There

Works by Artist
Works by Author
Works by Publisher
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