Eric P. Nash, author
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
115 West 18th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10011
9780810953031 $35.00 www.abramsbooks.com 1-800-759-0190
Filled with over 250 gorgeous, full-color illustrations, including some reproduced for the first time from Japanese archives, Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater is the amazing history of this nearly-extinct Japanese art form that predated modern-day Japanese comic books and manga. In the 1930's, storytellers would journey to villages during the day and set up butais (small wooden prosceniums), then use illustrated boards combined with lively narration to spin tales ranging from Westerns to period pieces, traditional folk tales, melodramas, and even nightly news reports on World War II. Skilled storytellers would apply their talents to acting out the parts of each character, with different voices and facial expressions. The text of Manga Kamishibai includes a wealth of research and interviews, revealing the history of this amazing art form. An indispensable "missing link" of manga history, highly recommended especially for college library and other shelves dedicated to the history of manga and comics.
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|Title Annotation:||Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2009|
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