Tuesday, 18 October 2011

A History of Manga

“Almost as long as 1,000 years ago, the very earliest examples of Japanese storytelling in picture form took shape in image sequences painted onto a scroll (a transportable length of paper that might be rolled, unrolled and then exhibited from place to place). The story material would have been popular imagery – boisterous humour, tales from mythology, epic conflicts – or ‘bedside reading’, suitable for a more private viewing. This ancient culture, existing unchanged for a millennium, largely disappeared during the course of the twentieth century, and many traditions and customs died with it. Rapid modernisation (the Industrial Revolution) aside, Japan’s greatest upheaval was its defeat in the Second World War (1939-1945) when the United States dropped two atom bombs on the highly populated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki .
Between the years 1945 and 1952, American military forces occupied Japan. During this period, American comic books read by Gls fell into the hands of  impressionable young Japanese who started to modify their own unique comic-book style.
Arising like a phoenix from the ashes, Manga as we know them today became a prominent feature of postwar Japanese culture. This was largely due to the popularity of the work of one man, Osamu Tezuka the father of Manga."
- How to Draw Manga, by Ilya-San & Yahya El-Droubie

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