In almost any large western convention’s Artists Alley, tucked away here and there in between the series parody bookmarks and postcards, the slash pictures and color posters of “cute male couple on TV du jour,” you can find comic artists doing actual comics. These comics are often some of the most interesting finds at a […]Read More
Beware passing housewives.
As a creator of shonen ("boy's") manga, Hiromu Arakawa is a woman working in a male-dominated industry. I noted in my last article about Arakawa that she has spoken about how she actively tries to include a varied female supporting cast in her manga. Her efforts pay off—Arakawa's female characters are often well-rounded and dynamic with their own complex character arcs and personal goals.Read More
"There is no such thing as a painless lesson."
Welcome to part two of my series on the work of Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa.Read More
Grab your fighting panties and learn about the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist!
As the creator of the award-winning series Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa is among the most successful manga artists of this century. It, as well as Arakawa’s other work, falls into the category of “shonen manga”: Japanese comics targeted at preteen and teenage boys. And, incidentally, Hiromu Arakawa is a pen name. Her real first name is Hiromi, and she is among the growing number of female artists in the shonen manga industry.Read More
I’ll Make a Man(ga Reader) Out of You
Like anime, the manga landscape has changed pretty significantly in the last decade. There are still tons of licensed titles out there from a variety of publishers, but they’re a bit more scattered than they used to be. So I’ve done my utmost to collect the best places for titles old and new in one nice, neat resource guide.Read More
Space pirates, wielders of magic hammers, and shout-outs to magical girls!
Welcome to part two of my piece on female leads in Seinen manga and anime, or manga and anime aimed towards adult men.Read More
Explore the Silk Road, cyberpunk futures, and a world full of bibliophile superwomen!
Seinen manga and anime is manga and anime that is aimed towards adult men. One might find it surprising considering the demographic, but this two-part series will explore an interesting range of female leads—not just super action heroes, but also teenage girls embroiled in romantic drama and 19th century brides.Read More
Survey Corps, assemble!
Attack on Titan fans eagerly awaiting an update on the anime's rumored second season, theatrical releases and prequel episodes now finally have some proof that more colossal goodness is headed their way. The first trailer for a two-part prequel series based on the manga of the same name, Attack on Titan: No Regrets is finally here, and Levi enthusiasts curious about the personal history of the stone-cold bad-ass will not be disappointed.Read More
Card games, jellyfish, and running from the cops
Josei is anime and manga created mostly by women for an audience of adult and young adult women. Since it's aimed at an older demographic, it tends to focus more on the concerns of adulthood and is far more likely to include mature themes. The three anime and manga below show a wide range of stories that explore the rich experiences of a colorful variety of unstoppable women.Read More
Something hungry this way comes.
Ready your eye balls for gory delights: Bleeding Cool reports that Attack on Titan's second season is rumored to already be in production, plus two theatrical films may be slated for release beginning in November.Read More