The Art of Manga
Since the beginning of the 20th century,
Japanese comics or Manga are constantly
developing and diversifying with regard
to subject and technique. Nowadays, 40%
of all publications distributed in Japan
can be classified as Manga. Furthermore,
Japanese comics are even invading the web,
and it can be predicted that their unique
charm, deriving from a fresh combination
of modern art and Japanese tradition, is
now going to fascinate western readers.
MANGA AND HISTORY
First Japanese comics, seen as a suite of
pictures and always closely related to a
text describing some plot, are dating back
to the 12th century. Even today, authors
like SUGIURA Hinako and JAMADA Akihiro try
to revive daily life in the Edo and Meiji
era (1600-1868 and 1868-1912).
In the Japanese world of comics, there are
all sorts of subjects treated. Such, matters
of daily life are vividly described in the
Manga series of TSUGE Yoshiharu and OKAZAKI
Kyoko. Further series, directed to adolescent
boys and girls, are composed by artists like
YAMADA Naito. As all kinds of basic problems
can be found in modern comics, here another
author who is specialized in fear: MIZUKI
Wolfgang Wiesner, March 2001
La BD japonaise ou Manga, vue comme une suite
d'images et accompagnée d'un texte racontant,
a ses commencements dans le 12ième siècle. Au
début du 20ième siècle, le développement de la
BD a subi une accélération et diversification
sans pareil. Aujourd'hui il existe beaucoup de
catégories de la Manga quant au sujet traité
et à la technique artistique appliquée.
the everyday horror ...
... and the horrible future
The Manga business even includes
a multitude of motion pictures.
Though some Manga series appear
to meet the bad taste of rather
primitive consumers, there are
highly sophisticated movies to
be found as well.
dreams of the everyday housewife
Sometimes, the girls seem to be more
emancipated than they are in reality !
the strong and the helpless
Heroes are always cool,
but sometimes slightly psychoneurotic.
Here are some links to relevant Japanese sites:
- A comprehensive list of links to the world of Manga.
Unfortunately, many links seem to be
outdated or not in service at times.
- "Zen's Scrapbook" is a nice site on the art of Manga.
- Many pictures can be found here and there.
By the way, personalized Manga are included in many
Japanese homepages. Here is one nice example.