This week, it’s the hotly-contested category of non-Japanese manga up for discussion. There are many sides to this debate, but the main arguments are that “manga” should be anything produced in Japan versus “manga” being a style. In general, most use a strict definition that manga is produced in Japan by Japanese artists in the Japanese language, which is rather un-ambiguous. “Manga” is used by many companies to market domestically-produced series to teens, and once upon a time, other Asian comics as well. Still, there’s nothing wrong with a good manga-influenced style, and with modern forays into domestically-produced manga (OEL, Global Manga, or whatever you’d like to label it), the line between gets blurrier and blurrier. This week, I’m looking at 3 different series, all aimed at teenage girls (as that’s what I have handy right now), but for each one, I’ll discuss how much it is or isn’t like a manga.
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Not really a review, because seriously, it’s Archie Comics, and I’ll leave talking about those to the pros. I do have some musings loosely based on buying this stupid thing, though! Continue Reading »