This landmark book, first published at the height of the manga boom, is offered in a hardcover collector's edition with a new foreword and afterword. Frederik L. Schodt looks at the classic publications and artists who created modern manga, including the magazines Big Comics and Morning, and artists like Suehiro Maruo and Shigeru Mizuki; an entire chapter is devoted to Osamu Tezuka. The new afterword shows how manga have evolved in the past decade to transform global visual culture.
Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, Frederik L. Schodt is an author and translator of impressive breadth. He has written extensively on Japanese manga, as well as on pop culture, technology, and history. In 2000, Schodt received a Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize from the Asahi Shimbun for his work in popularizing manga overseas. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Japanese government for his contribution "to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture in the United States of America."
What people are saying about this book:
"The informally encyclopedic Dreamland Japan—the result of Schodt's 16-plus years of studying manga—not only makes it easier to understand the art form but also says a good deal about Japanese culture…. This is an authoritative reference of the different categories of manga, popular titles and publishers." —Publishers Weekly
"The popularity of manga (and its cousin, anime Japanese animated cartoons) is growing in America, and more are translated every year, which ensures interest in this book." —Booklist
"Fred Schodt's Dreamland Japan is the most encompassing and the best introduction to manga I have ever read. For anyone involved in graphic literature this book is necessary background reading." — Will Eisner, graphic novelist, creator of The Spirit
No. of pages: 360
Dimensions: 6 x 9"