Focus on Shōjo Manga: 水野英子 MIZUNO Hideko

Tokiwa-so Apartment

Model of the Tokiwa-so Apartment where Tezuka Osamu, Mizuno Hideko and other mangaka lived in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward

This is the fourth in a series of posts related to the upcoming exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:  World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires (March 28, 2015 – July 5, 2015). A small rotating exhibit on the 3rd floor of Thompson Library highlights cartoonists who will be included in the exhibit!

Mizuno Hideko was the only female mangaka to live at Tokiwa-so Apartment, a kind of atelier where several famous cartoonists lived during 1952 ~ 1980.  They collected their memories and cartoons about life there for a book, Tokiwasō seishun monogatari, of which the Billy Ireland Library & Museum holds three editions. The building no longer exists, but a model of it has been set up (see picture) as part of the Tokiwa-so Street Project aimed at regional revitalization and urban development utilizing the manga culture in Toshima Ward of Tokyo.  For people visiting the site there is now a “Tokiwa-so Oyasumidokoro” where works by the cartoonists are available to browse and various events are held.

Ohio State University Libraries holds several works by Mizuko Hideko, but her most famous titles, such as Fire! ファイヤー!(first shojo manga with a male protagonist (rock star)– published 1969-1971), are still on our desiderata list!

 

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Focus on Shōjo Manga: 松本あきら零士 MATSUMOTO Akira Leiji (Reiji)

Matsumoto Reiji. Kurea no mizuumi (1968)

 

This is the third in a series of posts related to the upcoming exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:  World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires (March 28, 2015 – July 5, 2015). A small rotating exhibit on the 3rd floor of Thompson Library highlights cartoonists who will be included in the exhibit!

Matsumoto Leiji (Reiji) is most famous for his science fiction or “space opera” manga and anime, such as Space Battleship Yamato (Uchū senkan Yamato 宇宙戦艦ヤマト) and Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999 Ginga tetsudō 999), but he started his career producing shōjo manga.  Furthermore, he is married to another shōjo manga cartoonist, Maki Miyako, who is also featured in the exhibit. Continue reading

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Manga at a Crossroads symposia (Mar 6 & Apr 4) and exhibit — World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires (Mar 28 – July 5)

 

Matsumoto Leiji (Reiji) Akira. Aoi Hanabira.

Upcoming exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum” World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires (March 28, 2015 – July 5, 2015)

Exhibit features 12 mangaka: Watanabe Masako, Leiji (Reiji) Akira Matsumoto,  Mizuno Hideko, Maki MiyakoSatonaka Machiko , Miuchi Suzue,  Hagio Moto, Kuramochi FusakoYoshida Akimi, Okano Reiko, Ima Ichiko, Yoshinaga Fumi

Also, two symposia will be held:

MANGA at A CROSSROADS: SYMPOSIUMS I & II

Symposium 1: Manga at a Crossroads: Classic Manga!  ( Friday March 6):
12:00 pm – 4:30pm, Thompson Library, Room 165, OSU campus
Event link        Flyer (click to zoom on image)     Flyer (pdf) Continue reading

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Oct 27 Rare Manga Open House in today’s Lantern

 Aso Yutaka's Nonki no Tosan (Easy-going daddy)

Aso Yutaka’s Nonki no Tosan (Easy-going daddy)

In today’s Lantern, Desiaire Rickman writes about the Rare Manga Open House that will be taking place on Monday:  Ohio State exhibit to showcase largest manga collection in US

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Focus on Shōjo Manga: 牧美也子 MAKI Miyako

 

Rika-chan 「リカちゃん」(1967)

 

This is the second in a series of posts leading up to the March 28 – July 5 exhibit of shojo manga at Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum entitled: World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desire. A small rotating exhibit on the 3rd floor of Thompson Library highlights cartoonists who will be included in the exhibit!

MAKI Miyako 牧美也子 was born in Kobe in 1935. After a very successful career in shōjo manga when she published in such journals as Ribon, Margaret, and Shojo Friend, Maki shifted into the “ladies comics” genre. She is married to Reiji (Leiji) Matsumoto, another cartoonist who will be included in the exhibit. Continue reading

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Yomiuri Sandē Manga

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Yomiuri Sunday Manga February 8, 1931

 

So excited with this acquisition of 40 issues of Yomiuri Sandē Manga 讀賣サンデー漫画 from 1930-31!! Not widely held at all — National Diet Library lists one issue http://iss.ndl.go.jp/books/R100000002-I025061947-00

As explained in this brief survey of newspaper manga(Newspark), after Jiji Manga (of which Ohio State has an almost complete set (1921-31) (+ 1927 issues) — and which we have started indexing on the wiki), Yomiuri Sandē Manga was one of the most successful pre-World War II manga publications. Cartoonists who published in Yomiuri Sandē Manga included:

Note: Vol. 12 of Manga Zasshi Hakubutsukan includes selected reprints from Yomiuri Sandē Manga.

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Focus on Shōjo Manga: わたなべまさこ Watanabe Masako

WATANABE Masako, born in 1929, is the oldest of 12 cartoonists featured in the shojo manga exhibit curated by Professor Masami Toku (Art and Art History Department, California State University at Chico), that will be coming to Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum next spring: March 28 – July 5, 2015.

Since there are 12 mangaka in the exhibit, I decided to blog about one of them each month starting now. In addition, a small exhibit on the 3rd Floor of Thompson Library will highlight selected works by these mangaka in a rotating exhibit.

Image: Garasu no shiro ガラスの城 (Glass Castle) in November 2, 1969 issue of Shūkan Magaretto 週間マーガレット1969年11月2日号 の画像

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The Great War exhibit in Thompson Library Gallery through Sept 7 — includes manga sugoroku!

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An exhibit in Thompson Library’s Gallery on World War I includes two examples of manga sugoroku (board games) from that era (published 1915-17)! See a short video and my post on the Info-Lit Toolkit blog:
BLOG: Visual Culture: Japan & the Asiatic Theatre.
VIDEO: Sugoroku: Japanese Board Games of the World War I Era


Note: Exhibit includes reproductions of these games — come by and play!

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Jiji Manga

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog: Found in the Collection: Jiji Manga, February 1921

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog: Found in the Collection: Jiji Manga, February 1921

 

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s blog highlights the first issue of Jiji Manga (see above): Continue reading

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Ohio State’s manga collection size

I’ve posted about growth of the manga collection before, but had some questions about this recently.  So here’s an update!

Annual figures for volumes/issues (item records) of Japanese language manga cataloged as part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum since 1999 are below.  Records for these works are all available in the Ohio State University Libraries catalog. A browsable search is currently available by searching on keyword=manga and location =Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

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