I have spent most of today going over the past year’s worth of MangaBlog posts for a Robot 6 piece, and as I went, I noticed a number of interesting essays, interviews, and think-pieces, so I figured I would round them all up into a year-end post as a special treat for those who have a bit of time on their hands this time of year. And in case you’re super-efficient and have read them all already, here’s something new that I just discovered: The blog Three Steps Over Japan has been doing a detailed history of manga, with lots of fun facts and fascinating vintage illustrations. Here’s part 1 to get you started, and you can find the rest of the links in the December archive in the sidebar.
And here are the rest. Enjoy!
The Hooded Utilitarian’s manga roundtable, which kicked off with Tom Crippen’s admission that he just doesn’t get it.
Manga translator Gottsu-Iiyan translated an interview with Naoki Urasawa, creator of Pluto and 20th Century Boys; the interview is broken into six parts, but you can start with part 1 and follow the link at the bottom of each post to the next one.
Matt Blind’s pie chart of all manga
Joe Iglesias looks back at Mangajin magazine
My interview with manga translator and scholar Matt Thorn
Casey Brienza on the exploitation and objectification of women in manga and anime
Good Comics for Kids roundtable on whether manga should be flipped
Gia Manry talks to Lillian Diaz-Przybyl about marketing global manga in Japan
Lawrence A. Stanley on child pornography in manga (note: images aren’t pornographic but may be unsettling)
Jason Thompson on dirty manga
Michele Mason on manga creators grappling with the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings
Joy Kim on different “doorways” into manga
Shaenon Garrity on Fumi Yoshinaga
And some comics for you to sample:
Saint Onii-San on scans_daily
Preview of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life at Words Without Borders
est em’s Age Called Blue (first chapter is free)