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'The Osamu Tezuka Story' reviewed by Fantasy Literature

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

"Tezuka is Walt Disney, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, and Alan Moore rolled into one plus more. He artistically had impact greater than even what they accomplished all together." Read More


Rightstuf dives into 'A Shameful Life', the new translation of Osamu Dazai's Ningen shikkaku

Michael Palmer - Monday, December 17, 2018

Thanks to Quinn at Rightstuf Anime for reviewing A Shameful Life, Mark Gibeau's new translation of the classic by Osamu Dazai. As a recurring character in the anime Bungo Stray Dogs, learn more about who this mysterious character is by reading his last and most famous work.  Read More


HuffPost includes Understanding China Through Comics series in foreign policy education list

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 26, 2018

Jing Liu's Understanding China Through Comics series has made HuffPost's "5 Graphic Novels That Could Teach Indian Politicians Something About Foreign Policy" list!  Read More


OtakuUSA speaks with Frederik L. Schodt and others to celebrate Osamu Tezuka's 90th Birthday

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 05, 2018

To celebrate Osamu Tezuka's 90th birthday, OtakuUSA's Danica Davidson spoke with Frederik L. Schodt, Jared Cook, and a bunch of publishers who have helped to bring the God of Manga's work out in English. Read More


'How to Take a Japanese Bath' new edition

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Since its first publication in 1992, How to Take a Japanese Bath by Leonard Koren, with illustrations by Suehiro Maruo has become a curious classic, taking a simple (yet often incorrectly performed) activity and depicting it with a graphic, manga-style edge. Read More


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