Illustrating Asia: Comics, Humor Magazines, and Picture Books

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John A. Lent
University of Hawaii Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 249 pages

Illustrations used for story-telling and mirth-making have enlivened Asian walls, scrolls, books, public and private places, and artifacts for millennia. Often playful and humorous, Asian pictorial stories lent conspicuous elements to contemporary comic art, particularly with their use of narrative nuance, humor, satire, and dialogue.

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 Asian countries: India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China, and Japan. The contributors treat comic and narrative art including comic books, comic strips, picture books, and humor and fan magazines in both historical and socio-cultural perspectives, as well as portrayals of ancient Chinese philosophy, gender, and the enemy in cartoons and comics.

Contributors: Laine Berman, John A. Lent, Fusami Ogi, Rei Okamoto, Ronald Provencher, Aruna Rao, Kuiyi Shen, Shimizu Isao, Shu-chu Wei, Yingjin Zhang.

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Contents

Comics as Social Commentary in Java Indonesia
13
the story of Indian comics
37
the picture book and cartoons
64
Cartooning in Sri Lanka
81
Lianhuanhua and Manhua Picture Books and Comics in
100
a study of pictorials
121
the origins of modern Japanese Manga
137
References
221
Contributors
234
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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

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