Illustrating Asia: Comics, Humor Magazines, and Picture Books (Google eBook)

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John A. Lent
University of Hawaii Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 249 pages
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Illustrating Asia is a fascinating book on a subject that is of wide and topical interest. All of the articles consider cartoon and/or comic art in the historical and social setting of seven South, Southeast, and East Asia countries: India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China, and Japan.

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Comics as Social Commentary in Java Indonesia
the story of Indian comics
the picture book and cartoons
Cartooning in Sri Lanka
Lianhuanhua and Manhua Picture Books and Comics in
a study of pictorials
the origins of modern Japanese Manga

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Page 225 - The range of topics had been naturally extended to include international affairs. The success of the magazine enabled Kitazawa to devote his life to creating cartoons, thus making him the first professional cartoonist. All artists before him had drawn cartoons only as side jobs. Kitazawa constantly studied western cartoons within the context of journalism, and eventually proposed a new style of ponchi (the quality of which had begun to decline) that could compete with western counterparts.
Page 228 - November 1944. Although Sugao immediately began efforts to revive Manga, gathering paper and searching for another printer, the next issue of only eight pages on rough paper did not appear until April 1945.
Page 223 - The influence of The Japan Punch on its style and content was apparent, not to mention the use of the word ponchi in its title, as a pun on 'the land of Japan

About the author (2001)

John A. Lent is a professor in the School of Communication and Theater at Temple University. He is the editor of the International Journal of Comic Art; Asian Cinema; and Animation in Asia and the Pacific. He is also the author of The First One Hundred Years of Philippine Komiks and Cartoons.

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