Influences Behind Modern Manga

“Comics are an international language, they can cross boundaries and generations. Comics are a bridge between all cultures.” Osamu Tezuka Contemporary (modern) Japanese manga, fathered by Osamu Tezuka post-World War II, is a product with roots from both Japanese and American culture. After approximately two centuries of isolation from 1639 to 1853, Japan finally gain exposure to cultures outside of its own. Slowly but surely, … Continue reading Influences Behind Modern Manga

The History of Manga: Early Origins

The late 20th to 21st century was arguably the time period that gave rise to the unique styles and techniques most recognized in current day manga. It was the century that served as the transformative beginning of Japanese art during the Edo period and started an entirely new era that will be dedicated to the continuous evolution of a new form of art and entertainment, … Continue reading The History of Manga: Early Origins

Manga: An Introduction

Originating from Japan, manga has constantly evolved and adapted to a rapidly growing world while also maintaining its unique style. The word “manga” derived from the Chinese term 漫画 (man hua). If we break the word down, it would consist of two kanji (kanji are the ideograms in the Japanese writing system, which descended from Chinese characters), with “man” meaning “impromptu” and “ga” meaning “picture”. … Continue reading Manga: An Introduction