Summary of Asian Comics
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Manufactured in the United States of America First printing 2015 ∞ Lent, John A., author. Asian comics / John A. Lent. pages cm Summary: “Grand in its scope, Asian Comics dispels the myth that, outside of Japan, the continent is nearly devoid of comic strips and comic books.
Relying on his ffty years of Asian mass communica- tion and comic art research, during which he traveled to Asia at least seventy-eight times and visited many studios and workplaces, John A. Lent shows that nearly every country had a golden age of cartooning and has experienced a recent rejuvenation of the art form.
As only Japanese comics output has received close and by now voluminous scrutiny, Asian Comics tells the story of the major comics creators outside of Japan. Lent covers the nations and regions of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tailand, and Vietnam.
Organized by regions of East, Southeast, and South Asia, Asian Comics provides 178 black & white illustrations and detailed information on comics of sixteen countries and regions—their histories, key creators, characters, contemporary status, problems, trends, and issues.
One chapter harkens back to predecessors of com- ics in Asia, describing scrolls, paintings, books, and puppetry with humorous tinges, primarily in China, India, Indonesia, and Japan. Te frst overview of Asian comic books and magazines (both mainstream and alternative), graphic novels, newspaper comic strips and gag pan- els, plus cartoon/humor magazines.
Asian Comics brims with facts, fascinating anecdotes, and interview quotes from many pioneering masters, as well as younger artists”— Provided by publisher. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-62846-158-9 (hardback) — ISBN 978-1-62846-159-6 (ebook) 1. Comic books, strips, etc.—Asia—History and criticism. 2. Graphic novels—Asia—History and criticism. 3. Cartooning—Asia— History.
4. Popular culture—Asia. I. Title. PN6790.A78L46 2015 741.5’95—dc23 2014024312 British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data available Page 6
To my many cartoonist friends worldwide and the research community that studies them: you have made it a magnifcent adventure Page 7
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Acknowledgments ix Introduction 3 1. A Lead-Up to Asian Comics: Early Asian Visual Humor and Narrative 9 East Asia Contents 2. China 31 3. Hong Kong 53 4.
Korea 77 5. Taiwan 97 Southeast Asia 6. Cambodia 119 7. Indonesia 131 8. Malaysia 153 9. Myanmar 175 10. The Philippines 187 11. Singapore 207 12. Thailand 225 13. Vietnam 241 South Asia 14. Bangladesh 255 15. India 267 16. Nepal 293 17. Sri Lanka 305 Index 319 Page 9
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It took considerable time writing these few pages. How does one acknowledge the huge number of individuals who have been very helpful, worrying that someone will be left out? In this case, the dilemma is compounded because of the longevity of the book’s period of compo- sition (and perhaps by the author’s contracted memory).
As I have often indicated, at the top of my thank- you list are the hundreds of cartoonists and comics authorities I have interviewed in Asia since the 1980s, Acknowledgments some multiple times.
Tey have shared with me their experiences, cartoons, scrapbooks, and clippings; they have showered me with hospitality, motored me around crowded cities (a mean feat itself in Beijing, New Delhi, and elsewhere), found me places to stay (in some cases, in their own homes), and given me the benefts of their own comic art research. I am sorry that I cannot mention all of them for lack of space.
Especially helpful, and to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude, listed alphabetically by country, are: Bangladesh: Harunoor Rasheed Harun, Nazrul Islam, Kazi Abul Kazem, Rafqun Nabi, Khondokar Abu Sayeed and wife Gemy, Saiful Huda, Ahsan Habib, and staf members of Cartoon and Immad magazines; Cam- bodia:
John Weeks and the Our Books staf, and Uth Roeun; China: He Wei, Chen Jianyu, Liao Bingxiong, Liao Linger, Feng Yiyin, Fang Cheng, Wang Fuyang, Zhan Tong, Zhan Yong, Hong Jin Feng, Zheng Xin- yao, Ding Cong, Shen Jun, Zheng Huagai, Xu Pengfei, Hua Junwu, Te Wei, Chen Huiling and his sons, Miao Yintang, Wang Wei, Xia Dachuan,
Huang Yuanlin, Quan Yingsheng, Ying Tao, Bi Keguan, and Mai Fei; Hong Kong: Zunzi, Chan Ya, Lily Lau, Tony Wong, Lee Wai- chun, Craig Au Yeung, Larry Feign, Jimmy Pang, David Ki, and Alan Wan; India: Abu Abraham, R. K. Laxman, Suresh Sawant, Sudhir Tailang, Anant Pai, Pran Kumar, Ramesh Chande, Andrew Dodd,
Prakash Shetty, Rajan ix Nair, Gokul Gopalakrishnan, Gulshan Rai, Rukmini Sekhar, and E. P. Unny; Indonesia: Iwan Gunawan, Toni Masdiono, Dwi Koendoro, Dwinita Larasati and the Curhat Anak Bangsa staf, Ramli Badrudin, Mahtum and the HumOr staf, Darminto M. Sudarmo, Gerardus Sudarta, Johnny Hidajat, and Beng Rahadian; Japan: