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Pepita: Inoue Meets Gaudí

Celebrated manga-ka Takehiko Inoue goes looking for renowned architect Antoni Gaudí’s inspiration and essence on a 2011 trip to Spain. It may at first surprise readers familiar with Inoue, who usually tells wonderful stories about basketball (Slam Dunk, Real) and…

The Manga Guide to Physics

Megumi is a great tennis player, but she’s not so great in her physics class. When all of the students compare notes after their test, she worries because she didn’t get the same answers. All this worry then distracts her…

Gandhi: A Manga Biography

Story- Most people know who Gandhi is, but they don’t know much beyond the fact that he used peaceful protest and sat on beds of nails. Many people don’t know that he spent time protesting in Africa, or that he…

Che Guevara: A Manga Biography

In 1952, Che Guevara was forever changed after he took a motorcycle trip around South America. Born in Argentina in 1928, the oldest of five children, he had an unremarkable childhood. He was plagued with asthma, something he would struggle…

How to Draw Shojo Manga

The editorial staff of four Japanese manga magazines have compiled a guide for aspiring shojo (girls’) manga creators. They cover the basics of plot, art, supplies, layout, and submission, while using examples from popular shojo manga creators. The biggest problem…

Manga Moods: 40 Faces + 80 Phrases

Perky, lovesick, sleepy, coy. How are you feeling today? And how would you express those feelings in manga form? Takarai’s book is here to help. From energetic to woeful, preoccupied to shy, she offers a drawing and two Japanese phrases.…

Project X: Seven Eleven

The 1950’s are ending, and a revolution is brewing in Japan. Supermarkets and department stores are expanding, sending one mom and pop corner store after another into bankruptcy even as the big cities are running out of space. Who can…