Art Smart: Understanding Manga
In the last ten years, manga has risen to popularity in the United States. Unlike western books, Japanese manga is read from back to front in comic-style panels. Topics range widely, from children’s books (“Shonen” for boys and “Shojo” for girls) to adult stories, all using the same stylized art. Wired magazine offers a great article about the history of manga in America, written in manga style. If your child is interested in this genre, FaceYourManga.com is a fun and easy way to “draw” manga faces. For parents looking for some popular manga books that are appropriate for kids and teens, click here for a brief list.
–Debbie Barr, BYU Student, Department of English