Show #58 – Manga Zombie and a Manga Panel at MoCCA

Show #058 Direct Download:

If you haven’t been reading Comipress on a regular basis, it’s not too late to start now. We received permission from Comipress and author Udagawa Takeo to read the introduction to Manga Zombie, which is being translated and made available for free online.

We also received permission to record a December 3rd panel at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It started off as “Manga 101,” but the audience was mostly Metro Anime Club members and Publisher’s Weekly people, so the discussion rapidly devolved into sweet, sweet manga industry insider gossip!! Stick around, as the good stuff is in the second hour. On the panel:

– Moderator: Brigid Alverson of
– Dallas Middaugh, Del Rey Associate Pubilisher
– Mari Morimoto, translator and veterinarian
– John Fuller, Kinokuniya manager for the NYC branch
– Designer/letterer Brad Foltz,

Special thanks to Gina Gagliardo for arranging the panel! The Calvin asking questions at the end is Calvin Reid of Publisher’s Weekly.

Thank you so much to Udagawa Takeo and ComiPress for allowing us to promote your wonderful work!

These are not the final show notes, please check back later for more notes on this recording!

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9 Responses to Show #58 – Manga Zombie and a Manga Panel at MoCCA

  1. Anonymous says:

    From the Field Notes of Daryl Surat (Podcaster, Historian):

    Although it’s considerate, you don’t necessarily NEED permission to post recordings of convention panels, as they are conducted in public. The same applies to convention photos and videos. Otherwise, nobody would ever know THE TRUTH.

    Noah’s reading of the Manga Zombie introduction brings one to speculate on the next big anime con sensation: anime slam poetry.

    • Re: From the Field Notes of Daryl Surat (Podcaster, Historian):

      This wasn’t recorded at a convention; it was recorded at a museum event.

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  2. We hope to bring more good stuff as season two continues!

  3. naniwa says:

    Sweet, read Noah…But I thought you didn’t read manga? And didn’t I tell you Shonen Jump ruined the whole industry.

    Oh and Shawn didn’t translate that. The translator actually gave permission to an English translator John Gallahger, who in turn found ComiPress to release it online.

    Not sure if these artists are that important. There still is plenty of freedom in manga. The problem here is that many of the mangaka that drew these genres were no longer acceptable in the magazines that they were at one point in. And then there were issues like some publishers went out of business -sun comics basically a shounen pub that didn’t really release what we now consider shonen haven’t existed since forever (they died around the late 70’s early 80’s I think)…

    So let’s see the fleshbomb genre is still being made. Look at the popular title Shigurui, it is possibly one example of an homage to fleshbomb. Violence, nudity and so much agnst… You can also find these titles in the rare Gekiga magazines that still exist – from LEED, Tatsumi Shuppan and Koike Shoin.

    Gekiga… has the same problems. Gekiga authors just cannot make the money any more. Actually they never did make money, but if a gekiga mangaka wanted to stay in this business they had to collaborate with their editors more. Some might say these mangaka had a problem with that. Many gekiga artists were rental comic artists at one point, they didn’t have editors sometimes. So having someone else tell them what do draw might have been a problem. I know that there are still some older mangaka that hate working with editors so… maybe that’s why they don’t evolve much.
    In Kajiwara’s case… he died. So he couldn’t continue drawing through the 80’s. Kajiwara drew the legendary shounen title – Tiger Mask. Not gekiga but essentially a wrestling title for young kids. Plenty of action, plenty of excitement… Not the murderous battle manga that he did before he passed away. Oh and he was also involved with Ashita no Joe… Which the writer admits are legendary but seriously for the era were great for shounen (even if the plot lines were structurally similar).

    Outsider manga…Geh well as the book mentions a few of these artists were kashihon (aka: rental manga) artists. Some became assistants because they were good artists. Some disappeared… Cannot say why Ishihara Goujin decided to just work on gay prose covers. Maybe there was more artistic freedom to be found there. I know he isn’t drawing bara.

    Hah… Still the 80’s changed manga. Some call it the golden age; others have better nicknames for the era. But the more chances I get to dig through old catalogs in Tokyo, the more it makes me wish time stopped at 1978 (I would have been one but maybe someone could have read me some psycho manga).

    One point about the audio those ninjas… That statement by Dallas early in the panel about panel gutters. Boy that has created a stir with some people overseas. Seriously, didn’t anyone at the panel know why horizontal gutters are wider than vertical gutters? I hope they ain’t making manga…Oh wait?!

  4. jamesleung says:

    Hey, it was nice to hear Michael Chin at the end of the panel. He was pushing a Metro Anime event. Very cool…

  5. kgraleopard says:

    Very interesting discussion!

    Is there a source for some of the manga Mari (I think it was) mentioned? Primarily “The Animal Doctor” (veterinarian manga, also called doubutsu no oishasan) and “Tales From The Banks Of The Nile” (the Egyptian mythology-based manga). Or are we Americans just poop out of luck? *grins*


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