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The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2 : (Mammoth): v. 2 [Paperback]

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25 Oct 2007
This title offers the essential collection for every manga fan - the latest inspirational new manga. Here is the second volume of the world's premier annual showcase of international manga. Bursting with energy and imagination, the collection features the most exciting new work by the brightest young talents in the field. Over 500 pages long, the anthology showcases more than twenty new stories, complete and unabridged - in every genre you can think of, and quite a few more besides. True-to-life drama, sci-fi parable, medieval fantasy, updated Chinese myth, historical, romance, time-travel, comedy, horror, funny animal and sometimes all of it happening at once! Many expand on the limited popular conception of 'bigeyed' manga in original and unexpected ways - homegrown stories that speak directly to western audiences.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Constable and Robinson (25 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845296427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845296421
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bumper book of international comic strips that contains several goodies
-- Deathray Magazine, review

About the Author

Ilya is a widely respected graphic artist and author known for fostering new talent. He has worked for almost every comics publisher including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Deadline and Tundra, as well as on assignment to Kodansha, Japan's publishing giant, as a manga-ka. His graphic novel The End of the Century Club was voted Best Graphic Novel at the UK Comic Art Convention.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 16 Nov 2006
By namik
I love this collection. It's huge! and so so varied . So much of the shonen and shojo that's being imported these days is the same, and I can't help wishing there was more of the variety available in japan on offer here. This really reminds me of that variety. It feels like artists taking risks that others just don't. I love Selina Dean's dreamy wordless Astroboy-in-love type 'Snails Don't Have Friends', which just makes me want to get drawing!

Other gems are Andi Watson's 'Princess at Midnight', Morikawa's 'Advent' - which I'd seen before - and Craig Conlan's Fat Panda. The other thing is that all these stories have proper endings. Admittedly there are a few where the ending doesn't quite come off, but they're the exception. It's definitely not a collection of 'sneaks'. Hope there's another one to come next year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly magic. 9 Dec 2006
Variety is the spice of life and this volume has it all. OK, so you probably won't like EVERYTHING in it, but there's something for everyone. The smorgasbord of styles show manga in a new light and it's a great introdction to the japanese art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T trust "Manga Lover" - look for yourself 20 Dec 2010
Statement of interest: I edited this volume. Read the product description given here, or take up the offer to "look inside". No-one can complain that they have been sold a pup (it offends me deeply that someone should go on here to say so). Or look through it in a shop before you buy - presumably you'll buy a book because you like the look of it, not because of what you imagine it to commodify! This series of three volumes was expressly "designed to be a rolling showcase of international talent" - including, but not limited to, Japan. From Africa to Indonesia and beyond, manga has become a global phenomenon, and the point and purview of BNM was to reflect that. This volume alone features the work of winners of the International Manga and Anime Festival, Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga, and the UK Japanese Embassy's Manga Jiman competition (now in its fourth year). The form of manga is itself a hybrid, as any cursory consideration of its history (and present reality) will show. For its influence to span the globe and to not be itself transformed by that, would make manga something inert and dead - which it most assuredly isn't. The fixations of fan mentality would limit us to endless replication of the tropes of shojo and shonen, with their pretty girls and prettier boys, the big eyes and short skirts, the teen genre iterations of what is, ladies and gentlemen, an entire medium. And our ideas of what is possible can't be limited by the relatively little manga and anime that get-rich-quick publishers have chosen to import. Even so, if you want to try authentic Japanese manga, read Tatsumi's A DRIFTING LIFE, Tanaka's GON, Koike and Kojima's LONE WOLF AND CUB, and so many more. Or, if you want the wider picture of the international scene, or just a bloody good read, try one of these volumes of BNM. Read more ›
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A wide variety of art work and storylines. More gender balanced than much of the manga available and thoroughly appropriate for teens and adults alike. If you're searching for something outside of the often heavily patriarchal translated and available in Europe and the US, much of which is geared toward younger readers, this is a great alternative.
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