Nicole Rousmaniere, Ryoko Matsuba

The story of manga, a vibrant form of Japanese narrative art, from its roots to its emergence as a contemporary global sensation.

Manga is a form of Japanese narrative art that has grown over the centuries to become a global phenomenon in the post–World War II era. Initially referring to graphic novels and comics, manga has expanded beyond its original forms to include animation, fashion, and new media.

Arranged into six thematic chapters, each opening with an essay, followed by interviews and art selections, this revealing study traces the origins of manga and explores its role in society, and its appearance in different media, from video games to street art, as well as its growing international reach. The voices of manga artists and editors are reflected throughout the book, along with critical analysis by leading scholars.

Taking the style of the genre and its terms of reference as its cue, Manga draws upon printed manga works, artwork, manga magazines, original drawings, theater, film, digital technologies, and interviews with artists and publishers to bring the subject vividly to life. This book gives readers an understanding of the excitement generated by a form that crosses cultures and media in a globalized world.


Nicole Rousmaniere

Edited By

Nicole Rousmaniere is the IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Arts at the British Museum and Research Director at the Sainsbury Institute, University of East Anglia.

Ryoko Matsuba

Edited By

Ryoko Matsuba is a lecturer in Japanese digital arts and humanities, University of East Anglia.