Anime Fans: The Cult of Japanese Animation in Global and Historical Perspective – Susan Napier (Palgrave Macmillan)
I can’t find much info on the content of this book, but if you’re poor like me, you might not want to pay Â£35.60 for the hardcover, wait untill August for the paperback at a more reasonable Â£7.76. At 304 pages that sounds like a good deal if it’s quality writing!
Girl to Grrrl Manga, How to Draw the Hottest Shoujo Manga – Colleen Doran (Writers Digest Books)
Although this isn’t necessarily the most attractive cover for this book, after reading an interview with the author/artist it seems a great deal of thought has gone into showing the reader how to draw not just one type of shoujo manga, but the full whack. Classic, retro, modern, ladies’ contemporary, children’s…
There is another book in the works for how to draw your own manga comic, as this focuses on the facial art, so keep an eye out if you’re into art guidebooks. An appealing aspect of this book is that is shows you how to draw with everyday materials, no expensive computer technology here, and it sounds like she hasn’t fallen into the trap of excess irrelevant details such as background/ the ‘right’ way to draw fashion. This is something I’d like to look at because among all the host of shoujo styles there should be one style I find attractive enough to play around with. It’s 128 pages long with 210 b+w photos and 90 colour photos.
Cool Careers Without College For people Who Love Manga, Comics, and Animation – Jim Wentzel + Sherri Glass (Rosen Publishing)
This boasts that: “Readers who want to be comics writers, pencillers, inkers, or colorists, manga letterers or translators, or animation artists, voice talent, directors, or producers will find that this timely book can set them on the path to professional fulfillment.” (So I needn’t have bothed with university and my huge debt then? *Eek!*)
How To Draw Manga The Next Generation Superskillz Supersize – Ben Dunn (Antarctic Press)
No details of this on the Antarctic Press website, it seems to be part of a series of books? I hope this isn’t just a new cover for an old book!
The Naruto Saga: The Unofficial Guide – Kauhisa Fujie and Walt Wyman (DH Publishing)
With a sequel to Naruto out in Japan next month and thousands (hundreds of thousands? – *hides*) of Naruto fans in the West I’m guessing this will sell well, but will it really reveal the mysteries and secrets of Naruto? Are there mysteries and secrets in Naruto? It’s one of those series I’ve never got round to watching, and have heard abundant criticisms over the childishness/ fillers/ fan mentality?! I should check it out for myself but I doubt I’ll watch all 220 episodes ^^; this is part of a series of unofficial guides to popular anime, others include Fruits Basket, Negima etc.
Chibi Vampire: The Novel – Tohru Kai (writer) Yuna Kagesaki (art), 13+ (Tokyopop)
For hardcore fans of ‘Karin‘ the vampire anime and the manga. The weird ‘vampire’ who suffers from nose-bleeds and injects blood into victims! I only saw one episode of the anime and it was lighthearted and amusing. Even though there is art I think this is mainly text?
Total Volume Number: 7