The influence of mangaa cenmanga /mon-gah/ noun A type of Japanese comic book published in anthologized series, vastly popular in Japan among adults and widely influential on advertising, visual arts, and particularly the Anime film genre.
The influence of mangaa central figure in Japanese mainstream culture for decadeshas begun to spread outside of Japan, making waves in the West and influencing not only comic designers, but also advertisers, filmmakers, and creative professionals in general. But why is manga so insanely popular? Why do the Japanese obsess over it, pushing weekly distribution figures into the millions? Inside this mega-guide you'll get the skinny on the manga phenomenon and its superstarsboth human and fictionalvia 140 A to Z listings of the most talented and influential manga artists, from classic maestroslike Osamu Tezuka (creator of Astroboy) and Katsuhiro Otomo (creator of Akira)to the hottest newcomers such as Reiko Okano and world famous artists like Hayao Miyazaki (creator of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away). Each entry includes biographical and bibliographical information, descriptions of main characters, and of course plenty of examples of the artist's finest manga spreads and covers.
Bonus DVD includes:
3 interviews with cutting-edge manga artists (1 underground, 1 traditional, and 1 top artist)
Tokyo manga shop tour: inside Tokyo's coolest and biggest (up to 150,000 titles in one shop!)
900 manga covers