Focus on Shōjo Manga: くらもちふさこ KURAMOCHI Fusako

For me, an interesting thing about the current exhibit World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires (March 28 – July 5) is that I have discovered manga to add to the collection!  

Kuramochi Fusako is a prolific cartoonist, but we only had her masterpiece, Tennen Kokekkō, in the library.  Now I am ordering more of her work. Her style continues to change and evolve, so it may be important to collect many of her manga. The latest one is Hana ni somu, still on order.

Kuramochi frequently contributed to Shūkan Māgaretto = Margaret
週刊マーガレット
. Although this is a very famous manga magazine, so far we only have 3 issues in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum collection. Hopefully our holdings will continue to grow!

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Focus on Shōjo Manga: 萩尾望都 HAGIO Moto

( Aisuru Anata Koisuru Watashi: Hagio Moto taidanshu 2000 nendai hen. (Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2014) 愛するあなた 恋するわたし 萩尾望都 対談集

 

Hagio Moto is one of the most intriguing mangaka, so many of her works are included in the Ohio State University Libraries collections.  I wrote a brief post about her a while ago: Hagio Moto — Iguana Girl Turns Manga Legend.  Since then more of her work has been translated into English, including Heart of Thomas.

Recently an interesting series of conversations with her about her career and that of other mangaka has been coming out — Hagio Moto taidanshū  萩尾望都対談集 ( Kawade Shobō Shinsha, 2012- ):

Manga no anata SF no watashi  マンガのあなた・SFのわたし (1970-nendai hen)

Kotoba no Anata Manga no Watashi コトバのあなたマンガのわたし(1980-nendai hen)

Monogataru Anata Egaku Watashi 物語るあなた 絵描くわたし (1990-nendai hen)

Aisuru Anata Koisuru Watashi 愛するあなた 恋するわたし(2000-nendai hen)

Note: This is one of a series of posts related to the exhibit: World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires (March 28 – July 5).

 

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Focus on Shōjo Manga: 美內すずえ MIUCHI Suzue

Although Miuchi Suzue published other works, such as Amaterasu, she is best known for Garasu no Kamen (Glass Mask), a gripping story of Kitajima Maya’s struggles as she achieves success in the theatrical world, told through 49 volumes published since 1976.

It has been the basis for TV dramas and anime productions.

Her publisher, Hakusensha, now offers open access to the first volume online, convinced that readers will be so captivated by the story that they will want to purchase the rest of the volumes!

Note: This is one of a series of posts related to the exhibit: World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires (March 28 – July 5).

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Focus on Shōjo Manga: 里中満智子 SATONAKA Machiko

Satonaka, Machiko. Tenjo no Niji. Volume 23 (Kodansha, 2015).

Satonaka, Machiko. Tenjō no Niji. Volume 23 (Kōdansha, 2015).

What an amazing coincidence!  The final volume (v. 23) of Satonaka Machiko’s manga, Tenjō no Niji (Celestial Rainbows) which began publication over thirty years ago (in 1983) was published on March 13, 2015 — just a couple of weeks prior to the opening of this spring’s World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires (March 28, 2015 – July 5, 2015) exhibit!  As with many of Satonaka’s manga, this is a work of historical fiction. An empress from Japan’s ancient history is depicted as facing challenges in her various roles as wife, mother, and ultimately female ruler. The library’s copy will be arriving before long by sea mail.

OSU Libraries has several other works by Satonaka Machiko, including Ariesu no Otometachi アリエスの乙女たち (Ladies of Aries) and Ashita Kagayaku あした輝く(Tomorrow it Shines).

 

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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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