Critical Survey of Graphic Novels
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga, provides in-depth insight for over 55 of the most popular manga graphic novels, ranging from metaseries to stand-alone books.
A "first" in the field, this brand new Critical Survey series focuses on all aspects of the graphic novels format, aiming to establish it as an important academic discipline and research topic in libraries. Designed for academic institutions, high schools, and public libraries, the series provides unique insight into the stories and themes expressed in historic and current landscape of the graphic novel medium.
The third set in this series, Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga, provides in-depth insight for over 55 of the most popular and studied manga graphic novels, ranging from metaseries to stand-alone books. A recent influx of translated Japanese manga into the American market has sparked a greater interest in foreign-language traditions and long-form comics storytelling. This single-volume subset focuses on translated works that have been particularly influential in the development of the manga tradition.
Often defined by characteristics such as stylized line work, cultural-specific narratives and compelling storytelling that often stand in contrast to the character-centric framework of American comics, manga nonetheless encompasses a broad range of genres and subgenres. Researchers will gain a better understanding of the latter, which, in the manga tradition, is represented by a wide spectrum that includes josei manga, which targets a mature female audience; shoujo-ai manga, which focuses on the spiritual, sexual, or emotional aspects of relationships; shonen-ai, manga created by female authors that focuses on homoerotic or homoromantic male relationships; and kodomo manga, created exclusively for a young audience.
Each essay, presented in critical format by leading writers in the field of study, will look beyond the archetypal and consumerist aspects of the medium to show the wide range of literary themes and dynamic artistic styles inherent in the manga format.
Each essay in Manga includes the following:
Author(s): Primary authors.
Illustrator(s): lists main illustrator(s) and penciller(s), inker(s), colorist(s), letterer(s), cover artist(s).
First serial publication: date range for original issues.
First book publication: first collected edition in graphic novel format.
Publisher: name of original publisher.
Awards: awards won from Angoulême to Eisner.
Plot: main story progression and story arcs.
Volumes: For series, lists individual volumes/collections: often comprising different story arcs., representing the accepted reading order of the work; provides the year when each collection was published; issues that were collected in that volume, and a synopsis of the volume's main focus, and significance in the collection.
Characters: Overviews each major character in the story, including "also known as" names (e.g., "Logan" for Wolverine., role (e.g., antagonist, protagonist), description (physical and relationships with others).
Artistic Style: Description and analysis of the work's visual content, both alone and as it relates to characterization, plot, mood: addresses illustrators who contributed to the work and how the work or its installments reflects their style, drawing or painting style, use of color vs. grays vs. black and white, cover art, any progression of changes in style as the story moves forward, image layout, and distinctive use of bubbles, dialogue, captions, panels, pencilling, coloring, inking, and backgrounds.
Themes: Identifies and analyzes the major issues with which the work is concerned and how they relate to characterization and style.
Impact: Influence of this work on the creators' careers, the history of graphic novels, the creation of new characters or series, publishing houses, and/or literature in general.
Films: Films based on this work and their differences, similarities, effectiveness.
Television Series: Television series based on this work and their differences, similarities, effectiveness.
Further Reading: Three to five other graphic novels that audiences for this one will want to read.
Bibliography: Secondary literature for more in-depth study of the work, its creator(s), or the genre.
A partial listing of works covered in Critical Survey: Manga:
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