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A wide-ranging introductory guide for readers making their first steps into the world of manga, this book helps readers explore the full range of Japanese comic styles, forms and traditions from its earliest texts to the internationally popular comics of the 21st century. In an accessible and easy-to-navigate format, the book covers:

  • The history of Japanese comics, from influences in early visual culture to the global 'Manga Boom' of the 1990s to the present
  • Case studies of texts reflecting the range of themes, genres, forms and creators, including Osamu Tezuka, Machiko Hasegawa and Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Key themes and contexts - from gender and sexuality, to history and censorship
  • Critical approaches to manga, including definitions, biography and reception and global publishing contexts


The book includes a bibliography of essential critical writing on manga, discussion questions for classroom use and a glossary of key critical terms.


  • Shige (CJ) Suzuki and Ronald Stewart

    A wide-ranging introductory guide to the world of manga and Japanese comics, covering key themes, contexts and creators.
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  • Book Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
    Publication Date: 20-10-2022
    Format: Paperback
    280 pages
  • About the Authors

    Shige (CJ) Suzuki is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Baruch College, City University of New York, USA.

    Ronald Stewart is Professor at Daito Bunka University, Japan. He has published widely on comics and Manga, including as a columnist for Japan's largest national newspaper, the Yomiuri Shinbun.

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