Natsume, Fusanosuke. "Komatopia." Mechademia 3.(2008): 65–72.
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Keywords: Japan, Manga, Metaisierung, Natsume. Fusanosuke
In the last two decades Natsume Fusanosuke (incidentally, a descendent of Natsume Soseki, the towering figure of modern Japanese literature) has emerged as a central figure in manga criticism. Aside from his encyclopedic knowledge of manga history and his critical acumen, what distinguishes Natsume from many of his fellow critics and scholars is his background as a professional manga author. While the bulk of his recent output falls squarely within the domain of criticism, his intimate understanding of the craft of manga composition and penmanship served to bring to the field a rich awareness of the medium’s formal and stylistic density. Natsume has also inaugurated the new genre of “manga criticism through manga,” an example of which is translated here.
This piece is the first in a series discussing the frames that divide a manga page into discrete elements. (In Japanese these discrete boxes are called koma, which gives the series its name.)
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