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NY Review of Books looks at an early mangaka's history

The New York Review of Books wrote about a new history book on Hokusai, an early manga artist from a few centuries ago, and an art collection in Boston assumed to be created by him.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Dec 20, 2016

Real Madrid's manga adaptation

Here's an item in the UK Sun about a manga book being published about the Spanish soccer team Real Madrid to accompany their trip to Japan for the world championship. Possibly inspired by the Captain Tsubasa manga series.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Dec 18, 2016

How manga is translated

Forbes has an article about how manga stories from Japan are translated into English, and one woman's success in turning her reading hobby into a career of translation.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Dec 14, 2016

3 more tweets by Marz post-election

About a month's passed since Donald Trump's election, and here's a few, quite saddening posts Ron Marz turned out, like this one where he sounds gleeful that Kellogg corporation withdrew ads from Breitbart because they hated their politics: Good for...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Dec 8, 2016

Slott predictably returns to Twitter, and continues his mindless babble

Just as should've been expected, Slott's reversed the cancellation of his Twitter account, and is back to being the ultra-leftist he's remained in perpetuity. Some of his dreary drivel includes the following: People who believe that today's comic boo...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Dec 7, 2016

Sales for "Attack on Titan" prove manga's doing better marketing

Forbes informs us that the manga series Attack on Titan's got staggering sales numbers compared to mainstream superhero comics stateside: In a recent tweet from one of Kodansha’s Twitter accounts, they openly stated that Attack on Titan now has ove...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Sep 4, 2016

A European cartoonist who can distinguish fiction from reality better than most US writers

I was taking a look recently at a website about Belgian cartoonist Roger Leloup's creation, Yoko Tsuno, introduced in 1970, and I think he's said something not many in the US superhero business are willing to admit - that fictional characters aren't...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Sep 2, 2016

Israel's 2nd anime convention

Here's an article in the Jerusalem Post covering the second major anime and manga convention held here in Israel that took place last Thursday.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 28, 2016

Waid hinted contempt for Israel a few months ago

Back in March/April, the cartoonist Steve Murray (Chip Zdarsky) took a vacation to Israel, and while tweeting about it, Mark Waid made some rather snide comments, such as: @zdarsky No one believes for one second that you're actually in Israel right n...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 25, 2016

The history of food manga

Here's an article on NPR about how manga books spotlighting food became a very popular genre in Japan since the 1980s.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 8, 2016

Louvre museum's 9th art exhibition with manga

Here's a short article in the Japan Times about a new exhibition the Louvre in Paris is holding for manga, which they put under the category of 9th Art, a special phrase for comics.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 4, 2016

Even in the USA, manga sales can be concealed

I can't say I've ever taken a through look, but reading this Q&A column on Anime News Network, I've learned that sales results for manga books can be kept just as hidden beneath a bushel as US comics sales figures can. First, the query: In Japan...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 3, 2016

Manga publishers take to crowdfunding

An article in the Asahi Shimbun about a project being launched in Japan to help aspiring mangakas climb the ladder to higher ranks in publication.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jul 20, 2016

Old Japanese school turned into manga academy

The Asahi Shimbun tells of an old junior high school in Shunan that's being turned into an academy for training mangakas.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jul 2, 2016

What some writers have to say about Brexit

Soon after Britain voted to leave the European Union, corrupt outfit that they are who've only undermined the continent, some comics writers/artists have decided to make rather predictable left-wing comments about the country's vote. Here, from Bleed...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 28, 2016

800-year-old manga is now animated

Here's a short article on Vice's Motherboard section about a manga strip dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries that's now getting adapted to anime after so many millenniums.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 26, 2016

Why did Jessica Plummer resort to moral equivalence and Republican-bashing?

Comics critic Plummer's opinion on Nick Spencer's inside-out retcon of Steve Rogers was mentioned in some news sources. Having read it in full, certainly there's plenty of vital points she's made. But the following highlighted parts are what turned t...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 14, 2016

Akita manga museum's manuscript collection

An article in the Asahi Shimbun about the special manuscript collection Akita's manga museum in Japan is gathering for their collections and archives.
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 29, 2016

Nick Spencer exploits Red Skull to represent conservatives, and concerned Europeans

The previews for the debut issues of Captain America: Steve Rogers make clear that leftist Spencer has no intention of making the book welcome to rightists, or even Europeans trying to prevent Islamofascists from infiltrating, conquesting and committ...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 22, 2016

CBC's bothered about lack of diversity in Marvel movies

Leave it to the CBC to whine about lack of oh-so precious "diversity" in Marvel's movies. They list a few of the comics that are pandering to SJWs in that regard. But what's really galling is when they arrive at the subject of the Muslim Ms...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 12, 2016


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