Deconstructing Comics #502: “One Punch Man”

One Punch ManOne Punch Man was originally a crudely-drawn Web comic by a guy calling himself “One”. But then the story, with art by slick manga artist Yusuke Murata, was picked up for publisher Shueisha’s Young Jump Web Comics website in 2012. It subsequently became an anime, and the manga is available in English from Viz.

This week, Tim and Kumar take a look, to discuss whether the story is really served by Murata’s typical manga art, and the good and bad points of the comic as it exists.

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Deconstructing Comics #439: Jamie Lynn Lano, Princess of Tennis

Princess of Tennis

Ever wondered what it would be like to work in a manga studio in Japan? Jamie Lynn Lano got her chance in 2008 when she was hired by Takeshi Konomi to be part of his team for the Prince of Tennis sequal. Recently she’s published a book about her experience, and this week she talks about what brought her to Japan and how she got hired, cultural differences, drawing speed lines and tennis shoes, and much more.

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More To Come 64.1: NYCC 2013 Interview Special 1

More to come

Straight from the convention booth of Publishers Weekly at New York Comic Con, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source  of insider comics publishing news, discussion and controversy.  Starring Heidi MacDonald, the Eisner-nominated blogger of ComicsBeat.com, Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly and Kate Fitzsimons, More To Come’s intrepid producer!

In part one of our NYCC special interview coverage, Calvin Reid speaks with Leyla Aker, v-p of publishing at Viz Media, about news on the Viz platform, Viz Europe and Comixology, and Perfect Square as well as the manga market and her own publishing background. He also interviews Mari Morimoto, translator of such classic manga as Inuyasha and Naruto and a licensed vet about life in manga translation and the state of the current manga market live from NYCC on PWCW’s More to Come.

Stay tuned for the next installment of our NYCC interview coverage!

 

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Deconstructing Comics #371: “Nana”: Don’t hate it because it’s shojo

nana“What?!” I hear you say. “Deconstructing Comics doing a whole show on a girls’ manga?” Ye of little faith! Have we ever steered you wrong? It may look like nothing but a sappy romance comic, but Ai Yazawa’s Nana features realistic, conflicted characters who deal with romance, infidelity, coming of age, fame, and rock & roll from all angles. It also boasts some fantastic storytelling techniques, so there’s plenty here for comics fans of all stripes to enjoy. Tim and Kory discuss.

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More To Come 55: Comics At Comic Con

More to comeRecorded by the Comics World division of Publishers Weekly Magazine, it’s More To Come! Your biweekly dose of insider comics publishing news, discussion and controversy.  Starring Heidi MacDonald, the Eisner-nominated blogger of ComicsBeat.com, Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly and Kate Fitzsimons, More To Come’s intrepid producer!

In this week’s episode, the More To Come crew discuss the recent San Diego Comic-Con including four Eisner wins for Chris Ware, three for Brian K. Vaughan, success for indie and digital comics, Neil Gaiman’s return to Sandman, Vertigo’s new push, sleeping outside Hall H, Monkeybrain, new kids’ imprints at NBM and Viz, Fantagraphics and D&Q, Lego hobbit hole and much more on PWCW’s More to Come.

Stay tuned in two weeks for our next regularly scheduled episode – there will definitely be More To Come!

 

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Deconstructing Comics #310: Takehiko Inoue’s “Slam Dunk” and “Vagabond”

Slam Dunk/VagabondTakehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk is easily mistaken for a serious sports manga. Pick it up, though, and you’ll find instead a hilarious ensemble comedy that just happens to involve basketball. Still, the series is credited with basketball’s 90s popularity in Japan, and led Inoue to create several other basketball-related series. But is oeuvre isn’t all hoops; he’s also the creator behind Vagabond, a sometimes-violent but intriguing take on the life of 17th-century historical figure Miyamoto Musashi. Tim and Kumar dig into both series.

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