By John A. Lent
Grand in its scope, Asian Comics dispels the parable that, outdoor of Japan, the continent is sort of without comedian strips and comedian books. counting on his fifty years of Asian mass communique and comedian artwork study, in which he traveled to Asia not less than seventy-eight occasions and visited many studios and places of work, John A. Lent exhibits that just about each nation had a golden age of cartooning and has skilled a up to date rejuvenation of the paintings form.
As purely jap comics output has obtained shut and by means of now voluminous scrutiny, Asian Comics tells the tale of the main comics creators outdoor of Japan. Lent covers the international locations and areas of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Organized by way of areas of East, Southeast, and South Asia, Asian Comics offers 178 black-and-white illustrations and exact details on comics of 16 international locations and regions--their histories, key creators, characters, modern prestige, difficulties, tendencies, and concerns. One bankruptcy harkens again to predecessors of comics in Asia, describing scrolls, work, books, and puppetry with funny tinges, essentially in China, India, Indonesia, and Japan.
The first assessment of Asian comedian books and magazines (both mainstream and alternative), image novels, newspaper comedian strips and gag panels, plus cartoon/humor magazines, Asian Comics brims with proof, interesting anecdotes, and interview prices from many pioneering masters, in addition to more youthful artists.
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Asian Comics by John A. Lent
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