Fujihiko Hosono’s ‘Heroes Come Back’ and 3.11 Manga, Part 2.

This is the second of two blog posts on Fujihiko Hosono and his book Heroes Come Back (2013). The first post provides background information on Hosono and how this interview came to take place. To read Part 1, please click here. *                    *         […]

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Fujihiko Hosono’s “Heroes Come Back” and 3.11 Manga, Part 1

Last semester, Japanese Studies at OSU Libraries had a unique opportunity to speak with a leading cartoon artist from Japan, Fujihiko Hosono (細野不二彦). A major figure in Japan’s comic book industry for over 30 years, Hosono made his debut in 1979 with the science fiction series for young adults called Crusher Joe (クラッシャージョウ). Later he published […]

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Chihayahuru (ちはやふる) and Karuta Card Games

Chihayahuru (ちはやふる) is a manga series illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu (末次由紀). Because it features a girl who plays Karuta, the series Chihayahuru can play an important role in introducing Karuta to people beyond Japan. Karuta (かるた or カルタ), a traditional card game in Japan, has been played since the Genroku period (1688-1704). There are a several types of Karuta – Iroha Karuta, Uta Karuta, and Kyodo Karuta, to name a few. Each type of Karuta […]

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Recently Acquired Karuta Sets at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

OSUL recently acquired two sets of Karuta cards: Nonkidane Iroha Kokkei Karuta (ノンキダネイロハ滑稽カルタ) and Kyoka Karuta (狂歌かるた). These sets, along with many other rare manga items can be accessed by the public at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Contact them to schedule your visit to the reading room today: cartoons@osu.edu First introduced by Portuguese traders […]

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Current Display in the Thompson Library – “Pokémon Universe – The Many Worlds of Japanese ‘Pocket Monsters’ in Global Pop Culture”

A top media sensation during Summer 2016 has been the game Pokémon Go, a new app developed by Niantic Labs for personal handheld devices. The game allows players to merge the real world with the virtual world of Pokémon (short for “pocket monsters”) in an augmented reality (AR) on device screens. While the obsession with […]

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Interview with Maureen Donovan – Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog

Today is Professor Maureen Donovan’s last day at the Ohio State University Libraries. Caitlin McGurk from OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum chatted with Maureen on her career and how the manga collection came to be in OSUL. The interview is posted on the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum blog. We deeply appreciate Maureen’s many contributions and wish her all the best […]

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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 […]

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Focus on Shōjo Manga: 水野英子 MIZUNO Hideko

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 […]

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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)

  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 Miyako, Satonaka Machiko , Miuchi Suzue,  Hagio Moto, Kuramochi Fusako, Yoshida Akimi, Okano Reiko, Ima Ichiko, Yoshinaga Fumi Also, two symposia will be […]

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Oct 27 Rare Manga Open House in today’s Lantern

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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