Manga: Japanese comics for grown ups

July 6, 2010 | Jane

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In their modern form, Manga comics date from shortly after World War II, but they have a long pre-history in earlier Japanese art.

In Japan, people of all ages read Manga. Since the 1950s, manga have become an increasingly important part of the Japanese publishing industry—worth about $3.6 billion in 2007.

There are Manga comics about almost everything including: action-adventure, romance, sports, history, cooking, comedy, science fiction, mystery, horror, sexuality, commerce and more.

In Canada, Manga is becoming more and more popular.  Why not try one of these titles:

Antiquebakery Naoki Pluto-urasawa

Antique Bakery by Fumi Yoshinaga

A group of four men, including a “devilish homosexual” pastry chef and an ex-boxer, work in a bakery together. The ups and downs of their lives and romances intersect with the lives of their customers--all in the name of delicious pastry!

Naoki Urasawa's Monster by Naoki Urasawa

Dr. Tenma takes on the job of bringing a serial killer, Johan, to justice in a suspenseful thriller that involves assassins, cross-dressing, Nazi experiments, the Czech secret service, and gory instances of revenge.

Pluto. Urasawa X Tezuka by Naoki Urasawa

Europol robot detective Gesicht tries to solve the mystery behind a string of robot and human deaths. The case becomes complicated when he discovers that the murders were committed by a robot.

Jane (with thanks to Susan K.!)