Manga artist back in the frame after Japan disasters


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The determined action of the Manga artist, even in the destruction , caused by the enormous tsunami of 11.3.2011, that ravaged the coastal parts of Japan, is the real inspiration for the survivors. A lot of thanks for such an indomitable human being, is conveyed through the Japan Today. From India , Asit Saha

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Jiro Taniguchi is known in Europe. Not by name, but public libraries have his manga. That's why people know "The walking man" althought it doesn't show in the sales records. Manga helps people know Japanese culture, althought it leaves an impression of perverted men preying on children. (I am speaking manga in general, not Taniguhchi's works.) On the other hand even the weird impression is better than not impression at all. It makes people feel solidarity of each other and helps to raise tsunami funds. That's why drawing manga is useful.

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So, where is his manga available? In the conbini? Bigger bookstores like Maruzen? Anyone know? He sounds great!

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I think some Japanese manga are great!!

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The article mentions early on Taniguchi-san's soul searching about whether or not to go on with manga. It eventually brings out his decision to go on, but doesn't tell us if he's doing anything differently after the triple disaster, or if he's carrying on with the same subject matter. I would have liked to have heard about this, as it would tell us even more about the man. (Sorry, JT, I know this is an AFP article - their reporter could have done a better job.)

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I would love to learn more about this art form! Old School talent is more and more becoming a thing of the past! Isn't that where we still learn from greatness? Not so much from computer simulation of art! Chuck...

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There are many aspects of manga that move seamlessly to the computer - especially the basic pencil drawings. Manga software (or even Photoshop) plus a tablet (Wacom is what I use) and you can draw with the stylus and use all the techniques used with pencil and paper. Modern tablets are pressure sensitive - able to tell the difference between a light wisp of a line and a heavy one simply by how hard the stylus is pressed to the tablet, just like a pencil would act. 90% of the features of a tablet would not be needed by a manga artist, but not having to worry about work getting ruined due to spills/careless assistants is a big stress reducer.

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