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Hiroshima bombing survivor Keiji Nakazawa’s manga works compassionately bear witness to humanity’s most heinous...

Ore Wa Mita (I Saw It), by manga artist Keiji Nakazawa, first appeared in 1972 across Japan as a one-shot manga featured in the Monthly Shōnen Jump marketed to young boys. Manga was still a...

The Bird King: An Artist’s Notebook

A notebook these days may conjure up a digital device to log on to the Internet or bring to class for note-taking (or more likely, social networking), but originally, it wasn’t referring to a...

Lost and Found

There was a time in the 1980s/90s when tape recording was available on the cheap to consumers. Anyone with a tape deck would have the power to record mixed-tapes. You’d be able to record...

Chaos and Order in “What It Is”

A tepid reader who first gazes upon this book may shy away from breaching its pages. The captivating collages of magazine cutouts, mammalian illustrations mounted in magic and glittered fascination of a helpful cephalopod...

The Arrival

Even before you open this large-format graphic novel, your first take is absorbing the beauty of this hard-bound book. The cover appears something of a tattered leather-bound volume denoting the ravages of age or...

Tales from Outer Suburbia

The levity at which Shaun Tan weaves visually in “The Arrival” is something that makes his illustrative style an enjoyment to read, though this previous book had not a decipherable word to consume. I...

‘New Sun’ Sheds Light on Incarceration Experience

I thank the America which lets me talk and write freely about people and events which I shall never forget. —Taro Yashima This is the quote which introduces a defining account of the life of the artist Iwamatsu...

Chaos and Order in “What It Is”

A tepid reader who first gazes upon this book may shy away from breaching its pages. The captivating collages of magazine cutouts, mammalian illustrations mounted in magic and glittered fascination of a helpful cephalopod...

The Arrival

Even before you open this large-format graphic novel, your first take is absorbing the beauty of this hard-bound book. The cover appears something of a tattered leather-bound volume denoting the ravages of age or...

Tales from Outer Suburbia

The levity at which Shaun Tan weaves visually in “The Arrival” is something that makes his illustrative style an enjoyment to read, though this previous book had not a decipherable word to consume. I...