Themes and Issues in Asian Cartooning: Cute, Cheap, Mad, and Sexy
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Comic art has been an important part of the Asian scene for centuries. In contemporary times, it has been the favorite reading fare of millions of Asians, supporters of mass media with which it has aligned, and a government-sanctioned, value-added product, as in the case of Korean and Japanese animation. Yet, not much is known about Asian cartooning. Themes and Issues in Asian Cartooning: Cute, Cheap, Mad, and Sexy aims to redress this shortcoming, using overviews and case studies by knowledgeable scholars to discuss Asian animation, humor magazines, gag cartoons, comic strips, and comic books. The more generalized first half of the book looks at contents and audiences of Malay humor magazines, cultural labor in Korean animation, the reception of Aladdin in Islamic Southeast Asia, and a Singaporean comic book as a reflection of that societys personality. Four other chapters treat gender and Asian comics, concentrating on Japanese anime and manga and Indian comic books. An extremely significant contribution to the field, Themes and Issues in Asian Cartooning, is of interest to comics fandom, the academic community, and, actually, anyone with an interest in Asian popular culture. In the words of manga writer Frederik L. Schodt, the book goes beyond a simple introduction of the industries in each country, and by analyzing issues affecting comics ranging from religion to nationalism to gender politics, makes a contribution to understanding the cultures of each region.