manga link of the day
Yesterday's Washington Post featured an article on the growning popularity of manga--Japanese comic books--in America.
"The American market is ready to accept our manga," says Nobuhiko Horie, president of Coamix. Shueisha publishing house and the San Francisco-based Viz Communications will begin publishing an English version of Japan's top comic magazine, Shonen Jump, as a monthly in November. Coamix is planning to publish a weekly magazine called Raijin Comics, also in November.
Yukako Takemura, 39, lives with her parents in central Toyama prefecture and willingly endures marathon three-day, 16-hour-a-day sessions at the home of another professional to draw manga background characters -- the "mob." She makes $250 for those three days.
The first time Japan tried to bring manga to the United States, in the 1970s, it failed. But the comics quietly spread to Asia and Europe. Horie said for American readers, he will have to tone down some sexual and violent expressions. He also wants to cultivate American manga artists. For now, South Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese cartoonists are rising, but they haven't reached the level of the Japanese yet, experts say.