How Did Western Comics & Manga Become So Big? - Flex McCool
So I was looking at some old things I was influenced by as a kid and a thought passed my mind. In the USA (and other parts of the world) comic books are very centered around Superheroes and action based subjects. In Japan, a different kind of comic series arose and it had its own unique style that is distinctly different from traditional western styled comics. This Japanese medium is known as manga (anime being the TV variations of manga). Now western comics and mangas do seem to share a lot of the same elements as well as many differences. The interesting thing is that both mediums, at the time of their debut really boomed in popularity. Marvel Comics became a major player around the time of the 1950s. They exploded and reached the end of their peak some 20 to 30 years later in the 1970s when popularity died down. The manga/anime sensation is arguably still going strong but it first began being in the 1970s (I think) and really only started to get widely popularized as its own genre sometime in the 1980s. At the same time western comics has seen its own popularity revival through many superhero and graphic novel inspired movies. So is this a pattern and is there some element that caused both genres to boom independently or is the culture of western comics feeding into the culture of manga in a way that they both are sustainably popular, perhaps because of the age of “hype”? Or perhaps its quite likely that there’s some other reason for the popularity of these genres? What do you think?
The Art of Patipat Asavasena PART 2
By Flex McCool
Located in Thailand, Patipat has been inspired heavily by Japanese anime and manga culture but is not limited by these styles artistically. After graduating, he shifted his career focus from engineering to the arts industry. Patipat has worked with VIRUS Studio and The Monk Studio in the past and through them he has done work for video games and films. He is currently working as a freelance artist but his work never seems to stop. Check him out on deviantART & on his website.