Monday, August 31, 2015

Making sense of Manga

A small image of Amy's Poster - the original can be seen here 

If you are anything like me you will find the whole Manga scene a little bewildering ... where to start? What series goes with what, and what should I buy?

At the ALA conference in July, I attended a poster session by Amy Pell Seipke who works at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Amy did a quite massive research project into Manga to make sense of it and put it altogether in the poster above.

Her research was was impressive as she needed to unpack how the Manga story is constructed, the language, the characters and the audience of Manga and the difference between Anime & Manga. 

One of the most interesting aspects I learned about Manga from Amy's presentation is that Manga stories are written with a particular audience in mind, and Manga is classified by the audience for which it is written.

It is also constructed differently to western literature. She created a visual below to explain it better - this is also on her poster.

Image taken from Amy Pell Seipke's poster 

Amy has created an extensive Bibliography of Manga titles that you can download. It is entitled Essential Manga : An annotated bibliography available on screen on her blog) - You really have to see it to believe it. So much research and time has gone into this, and I would probably say she is as as much an expert on Manga that you will ever meet or read. She has also authored another bibliography entitled Graphic Novel Bibliography with Beth Walker. Again a very useful resource.

Amy created a blog to record her journey in her research into this medium which has much background information that could not be placed in the poster or the bibliography.  These bibliographies will go a long way to help you in your understandings and collection development of Manga and graphic novels. It could also be useful resource to supporting spilling Manga into the curriculum....

1 comment:

aseip said...

Thanks so much for the shout out! I'm glad you found something useful from my presentation. I hope others did (or will) too. Feel free to contact me with any questions you or your readers might have.