“Paul Gravett’s definitive guide to Asian comics – a fat and lushly illustrated volume that is as likely to work for fans of manga as for those who remain entirely baffled by it.”
Featured in The Guardian’s Best Graphic Novels of 2017.
Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics is about the culture and greater history of comics art in the Asia region. This is author Paul Gravett’s 300-page survey that accompanies a big touring show organized by Barbican Centre, London and curated by Paul himself. It is ambitious and gracefully attempts to capture the various historical origins of comics in regions with vivid cultural spheres such as India and China.
This book contains massive details, which covers a large geographical area which includes Thailand, Tibet, Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Mongolia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam.
The content layout of Mangasia is very much simple. You get a brief introduction into the history and the world of comics, after which you come across the main part of the book. You also get to read Mapping Mangasia that’s documented at the start of the book. It details the origins and the spread of the comic format across various countries of the Asian continent. The detailed content of this book gives the reader an amazing feeling as the history and reasons for the spread of comics it is well told.
One of Mangasia’s most interesting features is the way it offers a historical chronicle for various ways in which technique and style evolved together in a mass-culture form of art.
Overall, this is a fabulous documentary read, and a must buy for any comics fan who is inclined towards learning more about it from a world-renowned expert like Paul.