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By John A. Lent

Grand in its scope, Asian Comics dispels the parable that, open air of Japan, the continent is almost without comedian strips and comedian books. counting on his fifty years of Asian mass conversation and comedian artwork examine, within which he traveled to Asia at the very least seventy-eight occasions and visited many studios and places of work, John A. Lent exhibits that almost each nation had a golden age of cartooning and has skilled a up to date rejuvenation of the paintings form.

As basically eastern comics output has got shut and through now voluminous scrutiny, Asian Comics tells the tale of the main comics creators outdoors of Japan. Lent covers the international locations and areas of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Organized through areas of East, Southeast, and South Asia, Asian Comics presents 178 black-and-white illustrations and unique info on comics of 16 international locations and regions--their histories, key creators, characters, modern prestige, difficulties, developments, and matters. One bankruptcy harkens again to predecessors of comics in Asia, describing scrolls, work, books, and puppetry with funny tinges, basically in China, India, Indonesia, and Japan.

The first assessment of Asian comedian books and magazines (both mainstream and alternative), picture novels, newspaper comedian strips and gag panels, plus cartoon/humor magazines, Asian Comics brims with evidence, attention-grabbing anecdotes, and interview prices from many pioneering masters, in addition to more youthful artists.

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Jataka Katha temple panel, Colombo, which Venerable Nayaka Thera Piyadassi described as having traits of a comic strip, with graphic narrative, humor, and exaggeration. Photo by John A. Lent, 1993. ” In fact, much of the art relating the lives and exploits of religious and mythological figures of India is sequential narrative. For example, the walls of the more than four-hundred-year-old Santhana Gopal Temple at Kumbakonam feature about one hundred sequential panels from the Ramayana, resembling pages of a comic book today.

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