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In 1995, former Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa began serializing a column of his opinions, not in a newspaper or newsmagazine, but in the manga magazine Big Comic Spirits. A respected seventy-five year old politician and thinker, Miyazawa probably rarely reads comics, but the reason he chose a manga magazine to air his views is clear. Big Comic Spirits is read by nearly 1.4 million young salarymen and potential voters each week. In today's Japan, manga magazines are one of the most effective ways to reach a mass audience and influence public opinion. Japan is the first nation in the world to accord "comic books"--originally a "humorous" form of entertainment mainly for young people--nearly the same social status as novels and films. Indeed, Japan is awash in manga. According to the Research Institute for Publications, of all the books and magazines sold in Japan in 1995, manga comprised nearly 40 percent of the total. Such industry statistics are indeed impressive, even frightening, but theyhardly represent the entire picture or the true number of manga being read in Japan. There were 2.3 billion manga books and magazines produced in 1995, and nearly 1.9 billion actually sold, or over 15 for every man, woman, and child in Japan.

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ISBN:
9781880656235
Subtitle:
Writings on Modern Manga
Author:
Schodt, Frederik L.
Author:
Schodt, Frederik L.
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
Form - Cartoons & Comics
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Cartooning
Subject:
History - Asian
Subject:
Ccmac bccks, straps, etc.
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Japan -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Techniques - Cartooning
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
96-05
Publication Date:
19980701
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 Color and BandW illustrations
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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