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Kitazawa Rakuten – Film Without End – Kindai Manga Translation

When thinking about how to approach this translation, it occurred to me that I am somewhat blessed in having Rakuten’s own tri- and bi-lingual manga to work from, to see how he works multiple sets of text into his [comics] (often haphazardly), so as to free myself, as he does, from a slavish devotion to sense in order to work from the perspective of effect. The original of this text is, of course, entirely in Japanese, yet its translation by my own hand would not be out of place with any of Rakuten’s bilingual manga.

[Comics] as Reading – Chapter 5 – Introduction, or [Comics] as Guide to Textual Subjectivity pt. 1

[Editorial Note – Today’s post apparently coincides with the third anniversary of the existence of this blog.  Hurray?  Anyway, I have to apologize for the interval between when I finished posting chapter 4 and now, but I was just not satisfied with what I had originally written, and so proffer this much longer and hopefully […]

21. Okamoto Ippei, or Another New Manga

Almost entirely by accident, I seem to be constantly running into “new manga” of late, and not simply new manga in the sense of new titles but entirely new conceptions of manga, be it the Franco-Japanese hybrid of la nouvelle manga or this week’s topic, Okamoto Ippei’s How to Draw the New Manga (Atarashiki manga no kakikata-shū).  This “collection” comprises […]

14d. The Anonymous Mangaka, Don’t Expect Us

Alright, the last of this four part kerfuffle, and I can imagine you, dear reader, breathing a gale force sigh of relief that my month long digression through ancient history is coming to an end.  The four parts of this series have delved into the roughly four levels of pre-war manga notoriety: legend, notable, who?, […]

14c. Framing the Manga Landscape – Kawamori Hisao

Given how spectacularly unread last week’s post was, I can only imagine this week’s post’s plumbing the possibility of negative pageviews.  Nevertheless, I care about these things, so, for the time being, dear reader, I suppose you have to [not] care about these things.  I promise to at some point return to manga that may […]

14a. Two Nations – Kitazawa Rakuten and the Problem of Kindai Manga

It seems every time I sit down to write one of these things I have to apologize for treating a particular topic at short shrift, even when going on about it at great length.  This week–rather the next several weeks are no exception.  Kindai manga (i.e. manga from 1868, the beginning of the Meiji period, to […]

12. Are Yon-koma manga comic strips?

Before I get into today’s topic, I want to note that I will be traveling to Portland later this week to present at ICAF (International Comic Arts Forum) on Saturday.  This means I may not have a post up right away Sunday evening, as I will have to drive back to Iowa from Chicago after […]