GETTING HERE FROM THERE MANGA (AND ANIME) & THE OTAKU LIBRARIAN
NO! + = HOW IT ALL BEGAN
TIME PASSED. I BECAME A RESPONSIBLE ADULT READER .
WAR & PEACE
THEY'RE KIDDING. AREN'T THEY? The clueless heroine who is also an orphan; the rich mysterious family with a darkly ridiculous secret (MSD - multiple species disorder) that takes her in; the cute guy who is a rat (literally); the cute guy who is a cat (really); the entire Chinese zodiac; rice balls; cross dressing; temper control issues; an ancient curse ....
Guys with swords. Guys with magical powers. Girls with swords. Girls who are really goddesses sent on quests in alternate realities. Talking stuffed bears. Cranky priests. Monkey kings. Soul hunters. Shinigami/Death gods. Magic books. Deadly magic notebooks. Talking cats.
Ninjas. Samurai. Pirates . Ninja samurai pirates. Princes of tennis/ lost kingdoms/parallel dimensions. Space cowboys . Mechas. Talking rabbits. Gundanium. Mail order ninjas. Mail order boyfriends. Alchemists. Rock stars. Guys who turn into pandas. Guys who are really wolves. People who are really
VAMPIRES. So, no. I guess they weren’t kidding.
In manga, vampires do exist. And they’re really cool and most likely to succeed.
I WAS TOTALLY HOOKED . FORTUNATELY, I HAD A LIBRARY CARD. And I knew how to use it. I STARTED ORDERING BOOKS. LOTS OF BOOKS.... (and anime)
Sites to lurk & learn: MANGABLOG : news, opinions, lots of links and good coverage NOFLYINGNOTIGHTS : THE graphic novel/manga source of reviews for librarians and educators SLEEPISFORTHEWEAK : snarky, irreverent, well-informed started in college by a bunch of snarky, irreverent, well-informed otakus who are still at it today.
Winner of the best snarky review tag on sleepisfortheweak.org …
TokyoPop : savvy website, but a pain to negotiate; good ratings system, wide range of manga including or course FRUITS BASKET Viz Media : published BLEACH and DEATHNOTE; publisher of Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat magazines Dark Horse Comics : one of the largest of the indy comic book publishers in America; graphic novels/manga include BUFFY, LONE WOLF AND CUB, BLOOD+ and HELLBOY. Other publishers include ADV , CMX (a division of DC Comics); Del Rey ; and Go! Comi !
TOKYOPOP RATINGS SYSTEM: Updated 2007; not easy to find from their home page Go here for Anime News Network comprehensive coverage of the system. New releases include these ratings; in some series the ratings seesaw, but it is the most comprehensive system of the major manga publishers. For a quick ratings outline of major manga publishers in the United States go to this website (but note that the TokyoPop ratings system has not been updated).
Sites to lurk & learn, books that are useful… Icv2 newsletter mailing list Publishers Weekly Comics Online Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat Anime Advocate Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work by Douglas Wolk Manga: The Complete Guide by Jason Thompson
wikipedia Okay, time for a dirty word…only when it comes to pop cult, it’s an invaluable resource for manga & anime plots, characters, definitions, links and more… Hey, it’s not Shakespeare. Try it:
It started with the screening of this anime at the anime club one night…which led to the reader’s map on the next page.
Banned in China Reviewed by Salon.com For a discussion on power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, try this recently concluded series for older readers.
RECIPE FOR POCKY
An interesting reading pairing, one a manga written at the turn of the century by a Japanese immigrant in San Francisco about his experiences, the other a contemporary award-winning graphic novel about aTaiwanese American boy who becomes a suburban immigrant when his family moves from San Francisco’s Chinatown.
OEL WEBCOMIC COOL
Superman falls to earth in China TV with a comic book sensibility Elizabethan history meets the X-men
………… . One thing leads to another and another……
“ I was hooked. The drawings were stark black and white. The figures had huge eyes and called to mind the manga style of violent borderline pornography imported from Japan.” 7 th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetero It’s going mainstream *Plus a manga Bible…
Google: Westhampton Free Library Club Manga SLIDESHARE as “Getting Here from There.” [email_address]