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Drawn to Manga July 2015

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 2

By Matsui, Yusei

2015-02 – Viz Media

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Ever caught yourself screaming, “I could just kill that teacher”? What would it take to justify such antisocial behavior and weeks of detention? 714 more words

Graphic Novel

Navigating MONSTER; or, the case for translating sound effects

Footnotes in fiction can be great. More common in non-fiction writing, often in academic or medical papers, it’s that scholarly effect that’s mimicked in the copious addendums scattered along the bottom of almost every page of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. 1,150 more words


Naoki Urasawa and Hisashi Eguchi talk about manga in the 70s and 80s, mostly Otomo

Two artists in conversation today about manga in the 70s and 80s. One is Naoki Urasawa, the big-deal artist who drew Monster and 20th Century Boys… 7,974 more words


Things I Read in April 2015

Now that I’ve consulted my Goodreads, it appears that I did manage to read more than 2 books. That’s a surprising discovery.

I read a total of 7 books (one of them I dropped, and there was one novel that I couldn’t bring myself to finish and stopped at 90%), including 2 poetry collections: 747 more words

Book Review

Review- Monster (2004-2005)

I’m not really a huge fan of anime. Sure, I like it well enough when I see it, and I have no gripes with the medium as a whole, I just don’t watch much. 703 more words


March Manga - Naoki Urasawa

Naoki Urasawa is widely considered to be one of the best in the manga industry for a reason.  His characters are well-rounded, his plots are intricate, and his art is fantastic.   1,649 more words


Billy Bat Manga to Resume in Japan on April 2, 2015

This year’s 17th issue of Kodansha’s Morning magazine has announced that Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki will resume their Billy Bat thriller manga in the magazine’s next issue, which Kodansha will publish on April 2, 2015. 146 more words