Manga is more than a genre in the comics field: it is a vital creative medium in its own right, with hundreds of millions of readers worldwide, a host of graphic styles, and a rich history now spanning seven decades.
Now for the first time, that history is told by an award-winning expert in the field. Covering topics from Akira to Mazinger Z, this book is fully illustrated throughout, and photos of key creators accompany accessible sidebars and timelines.
Answering the key questions of any fan where did my favourite manga come from, and what should I read next? this book will open doors to neophytes and experts alike.
Helen McCarthy is one of the west's most distinguished manga experts. The Harvey-award-winning biographer of Osamu Tezuka, she is regularly interviewed in the mass media about manga, has curated a Tezuka exhibition at London's Barbican Centre, and the ultimate compliment has seen her work translated back into Japanese.