Manga Monday

Manga Monday #6: High School Soldiers

As much stress as may have been involved in my senior year of high school, it was nothing compared to what Korean high school students experience.  For me, the transition into college wasn't end-all, be-all.  It was Plan A, Plan B, Plan C--doesn't matter what happens, I was going to be just fine. In Korea,… Continue reading Manga Monday #6: High School Soldiers

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Manga Monday #5: Bullying in Japan

In Japan, bullying is called ijime.  It is not like Western bullying in the fact that it's more collectively perpetrated.  In the Japanese culture, schools are run under a high standard of conformity and collective thinking.  Kids are encouraged to not stand out.  That cultural expectation bleeds into how kids bully and are bullied. Bullying… Continue reading Manga Monday #5: Bullying in Japan

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Manga Monday #4: Kids Say the Darndest Things

I would say the very first comic that I ever got really into was actually Garfield.  My elementary school library had multiple bound volumes of the Garfield newspaper comic strips.  As a third grader, I would check those books out every chance I get.  I remember laughing so hard at that cat and his antics. My love… Continue reading Manga Monday #4: Kids Say the Darndest Things

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Manga Monday #3: Being Weak in a Powerful World

My goal for today was to point you guys towards a comic that was created in a manga style, but was created originally in English, rather than being translated and later distributed. Way back when, when I was probably twelve years-old or so, I remember there was a certain chunk of the internet that was… Continue reading Manga Monday #3: Being Weak in a Powerful World

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Manga Monday #2: Webtoons and the South Korean ‘Inside Out’

In our first Manga Monday, we touched on how manga--basically Japanese comic books, if you forgot--has branched out all around Asia.  South Korea has has taken their manhwa one step further by slapping those puppies online. What originally began as scanning in and posting in-print manhwa for online consumption, later became a huge hub of online-only publications… Continue reading Manga Monday #2: Webtoons and the South Korean ‘Inside Out’

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Manga Monday #1: No Joke, a Manga About a Boy with a Cat Head

Manga (literally "whimsical pictures") are comics that are created in Japan that center around a Japanese art style that was developed in the late 19th century.  Even if you've never read any manga before, you would be familiar with some of its most well-known subjects.  Anime (Japanese animation) that you recognize, such as Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, began… Continue reading Manga Monday #1: No Joke, a Manga About a Boy with a Cat Head