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December 12, 2009

41 Down, 11 To Go "Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater tells the story of a live precursor to manga, where storytellers would use illustrated panels combined with their narrative skills to spin dramatic yarns from folk tales to more modern fare. The art form peaked in the 1930's, and Eric P. Nash and Frederik P. Schodt bring it back to life through interviews and full-color panels of the original illustrations. The artwork is the star of the book, I haven't seen such a beautifully-reproduced manga collection since Chip Kidd's Bat-Manga!.

This book is invaluable to anyone interested in the origins of manga, or of oral storytelling history.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Oishinbo Volume 5: Vegetables, by Tetsu Kariya & Akira Hanasaki .

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2009 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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