Category Archives: manga

Summer Reading–To Sip or Chew

What kinds of reading will you do this summer?  “Summer reading” can have very different meanings.  Will yours be hummingbird sips of brief pieces, pages of mainly light-hearted material scanned in between other outdoor activities?  Or will you and yours … Continue reading

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Being Brave and Bold

Awkward middle schoolers gaining confidence and becoming brave— two great graphic novels about this transition are my focus today, inspired by current events. How do young people learn to be brave and bold?  I have been thinking about this since … Continue reading

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Korean Tales

North Korea remains forefront in U.S. news, as both countries’ boastful, ambitious leaders toy childishly with nuclear threats.  We here in the U.S. can only hope and work within our political system to avert such disaster.  Novels such as Adam … Continue reading

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Going Nuclear

Going nuclear?  A recent, award-winning picture book; another acclaimed, older picture book; and some classic and in-progress graphic novels remind us just how terrible this military choice has been.  These works center upon the World War II atomic devastation of … Continue reading

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It’s About Time! Beginning Anew

It’s a new year, but calendars only measure one kind of time.  Its passage is also reflected in our mirrors and the clothes our youngsters outgrow.  That straightforward march of days is why a new calendar year is often depicted … Continue reading

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Re-Gifting? Classic Novels and Plays Gone Graphic

“Re-gifting” is the joking term for re-wrapped presents—those little-used or unwanted items that are sometimes conveniently handy as last-minute choices to give to someone else.  When classic novels and plays are re-packaged, so to speak, as graphic novels by publishers, … Continue reading

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Japan–47 Ronin and 50,000 Manga

47 Ronin and 50,000 manga highlighted my trip to Japan last month.  Our week in Tokyo began with a professional gathering featuring writer Sean Michael Wilson.  His recent The 47 Ronin: A Graphic Novel (2013), illustrated by Akiko Shimojima, recounts … Continue reading

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Weddings–Long Ago and Far Away

Spurred by invitations to weddings this June, the traditional month for them in Western society, I took pleasure this past week in reading vivid, skillful graphic novels about non-Western weddings and ways. Just published, Danica Novgorodoff’s The Undertaking of Lily … Continue reading

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No Joking Matter: Comic Book Creators and Manga Makers

It’s April Fool’s Day, but—funny papers aside—comic books have often been no joking matter. Today, I am going to introduce biographies and autobiographies revealing the serious matters that motivated some comic book creators and manga makers. Some of their works … Continue reading

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Story Times: Kamishibai, Manga, and More

When my son (now 27) was a tot, library story time was an important part of our week. We both looked forward to that circle of eager kids, listening and watching as the librarian dramatically pointed out scenes in the … Continue reading

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