Themes and Issues in Asian Cartooning: Cute, Cheap, Mad, and Sexy

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John A. Lent
Popular Press, 1999 - Literary Collections - 212 pages
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    Today, comic art is the favorite reading fare for millions of Asians, and is a government-sanctioned, value-added product, as in the case of Korean and Japanese animation. Yet not much is known about Asian cartooning. 
    Themes and Issues in Asian Cartooning uses overviews and case studies by scholars to discuss Asian animation, humor magazines, gag cartoons, comic strips, and comic books. The first half of the book looks at contents and audiences of Malay humor magazines, cultural labor in Korean animation, the reception of Aladdin in Islamic Southeast Asia, and a Singaporean comic book as a reflection of that society’s personality. Four other chapters treat gender and Asian comics, concentrating on Japanese anime and manga and Indian comic books.

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John A. Lent, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, has founded and chaired numerous organizations, including the Asia and Pacific Animation and Comics Association, the Asian Research Center on Animation and Comic Art, the Asian Popular Culture group of the Popular Culture Association, the Asian Cinema Studies Society, and the Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei Studies Group. He has edited many periodicals, including the "International Journal of Comic Art" and "Asian Cinema", and he has authored or edited seventy-six books.

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