One last thing before we go….

Ed posted a couple of interesting stories on MangaCast over the weekend.  (We, of course, were too busy eatin cheeseburgers with milkshakes, chewy-gooey macncheese, steak smothered in horseradish, and downing caviar by the spoonful while shoving fistfuls of geld into our pockets.)

According to Ed, MangaNovel has shut down.  Ed did a story about the MangaNovel service for PWCW back in November of last year.  His analysis here.  (He also has user news of eBookReader Japan which is an application that offers manga to iPhone and iTouch owners via iTunes – with a Japan account.)

Roland Kelts also posted an article from the Christian Science Monitor in which he was quoted – as well as Viz’s Gonzalo Ferreyra.  The article is titled “Japan cracking US pop culture hegemony.”   It’s an interesting manga 101 story, and well done, and I will read pretty much anything that headlines with “hegemony”.  At this point, however, I do hesitate to pitch Japan against the U.S., given Japan’s own domination within East and SE Asia, and it’s own hegemonic rise within the comics sphere.  But it is a good article, and one that makes some very valid points about the freedom of the comics format and the level of reality it can bring to entertainment.

Roland also nudges us to pick up this week’s New Yorker which has an article on cellphone novels – which are clearly the future.

I’m making one up on twitter right now:

Ch.1 : I saw him at the train station.  He had nice hair.  He asked for my number.  I said “Eew! Gross!”

Ch.2: There was no hot water at the love hotel.

Ch. 3: ……

I joke, but I actually think this is pretty cool.  The article has a lot of interesting and well researched facts and perspectives on this as well:

“From a feminist perspective, for women and girls to be able to speak about themselves is very important,” Satoko Kan, a professor who specializes in contemporary women’s literature, said. “As a method, it leads to the empowerment of girls. But, in terms of content, I find it quite questionable, because it just reinforces norms that are popular in male-dominated culture.”

Read more at I (heart) Novels.


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