Watching Anime, Reading Manga


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Watching Anime, Reading Manga

25 Years of Essays and Reviews

The first book-length collection by the most respected writer on anime and manga today.

Anime’s influence can be found in every corner of American media, from film and television to games and graphic arts. And Fred Patten is largely responsible. He was reading manga and watching anime before most of the current generation of fans was born. In fact, it was his active participation in fan clubs and his prolific magazine writing that helped create a market and build American anime fandom into the vibrant community it is today. 

Watching Anime, Reading Manga gathers together a quarter-century of Patten’s lucid observations on the business of anime, fandom, artists, Japanese society and the most influential titles. 

Illustrated with original fanzine covers and archival photos. Foreword by Carl Macek (Robotech).


"Watching Anime, Reading Manga is a worthwhile addition to your library; it makes good bathroom browsing, cover-to-cover reading, and a worthwhile reference for writing or researching anime and manga, not to mention a window into the history of fandom in the United States."

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About the Author(s)

Fred Patten

Fred Patten

Discovered manga and anime in the 1970s and was a co-founder of the first American anime fan club in 1977. He has been writing about anime since the early 1980s for popular culture magazines like Starlog and for specialty magazines like Manga Max