Manga Man

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 125 pages
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East meets West in this innovative and very smart graphic novel by Barry Lyga, illustrated by Colleen Doran.

Sci-fi adventure meets love story—and East meets West—in Mangaman, an original
graphic novel for teens.
Ryoko, a manga character from a manga world, falls through the Rip into the “real” world—the western world—and tries to survive as the ultimate outsider at a typical American high school.
When Ryoko falls in love with Marissa Montaigne, the most beautiful girl in the school, his eyes turn to hearts and comic tension tightens as his way of being drawn and expressing himself clashes with this different Western world in which he is stuck in. “Panel-holed” for being different, Ryoko has to figure out how to get back to his manga world, back through the Rip . . . all while he has hearts for eyes for a girl from the wrong kind of comic book.
Barry Lyga writes a metafictive masterpiece as manga meets traditional Western comic book style, while Colleen Doran combines manga techniques and conventions with Western comic book

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For one, I wasn't...loving the artwork. - Goodreads
I did research on these manga guys. - Goodreads
A check list of events rather then a flowing plot. - Goodreads
But. There wasn't much of a plot. - Goodreads
The artwork--sometimes it worked...sometimes it didn't. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jeannette - Goodreads

I read an ARC of this book. First, I cannot conceive how Houghton Mifflin can honestly recommend this to middle-grade readers. It's got quite a bit of violence, and some sex scenes (graphic enough ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel Nabors - Goodreads

This is why I don't read American comics. The good: Clever premise and interesting idea about "the world between the panels." The bad: There is so much yellow face in here. While some of this is all ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek and the author of many books, including, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Goth Girl Rising, Boy Toy, and Hero-Type for HMH and Wolverine: Worst Day Ever for Marvel Books and Archvillian for Scholastic. He has also written comic books about everything from sword-wielding nuns to alien revolutionaries. He worked as Marketing Manager at Diamond Comic Distributers for 10 years. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Colleen Doran, in a career spanning more than twenty years, has worked on some of the greatest characters in comics, including Superman, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman, partnered with such writers as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. Her books include A Distant Soil and Girl to Grrrl Manga. She has traveled and lectured extensively in Singapore, Japan, Germany, and England, and served as Artist in Residence at the Smithsonian Institute in 2006.

She won a grant from the Delphi Institute to study American popular culture, and was chosen to represent the United States at the Japan/America manga/comics seminar in Tokyo.

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