Life’s Not Simple: Oyasumi PunPun and The Reality of Life

Manga/Comics/Graphic Novels have the tendencies to affect our lives in different ways. There are tendencies to reflect on one’s self. Emotion is a common thread in certain stories that revolve around life. You have two possibilities when it comes to emotional books to the extreme, happiness/feel good or terribly depressed. Sadly, with this particular comic […]

The Little Things Can Teach You A lot About Life

To be honest, I am just starting my comic journey. I’ve read comics such as Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, and Spiderman. I’ve seen the majority of the Marvel movies and DC Comic movies, but haven’t actually read many graphic novels. So, I still feel I am a newbie that has lots to learn. However, one […]

The Do’s, The Dont’s, and The Dere’s of Manga

In manga and Japanese film, the term “-dere” refers to a specific character archetype or personality type. Although it’s not required that you know which character in your novel falls under which archetype, it’s still fun to know. There are four widely known types, which I have marked with an *. The others are still […]

Shinigami: Japan’s Gods of Death

By Katelyn Wolfgang Warning: Contains some spoilers for Death Note, Kuroshitsuji, and Full Moon Wo Sagashite In manga, Japanese graphic novels, different beliefs of death are depicted. However, one of the most common is the belief in Shinigami, also known as death gods who are often seen involved with death such as collecting the souls […]

Bizenghast: An Ode to the Gothic

    Bizenghast was one of the few manga that made me want to buy the art book Bizenghast: Falling into Fear. Keep in mind I wanted this when I was fourteen. It was probably one of the first art books I ever got. The entire presentation of Bizenghast is unique and wonderfully detailed. It […]

The End: Goodbye Bleach

Throughout the ages drawing and illustration have been a key characteristic of human evolution. When researching and learning about comics and graphic novels, I’ve found that there are a variety of artistic styles concerning comics. One of my favorite forms of this is Manga. This is a Japanese form of comic that is becoming increasingly […]

The Corpse at the Root of the Cherry Tree: Horror and Glamour in Tokyo Babylon

Tokyo. The capital city of Japan. In 1991, its population numbered 11,923,346. Between day and evening, it differed by two million souls. The unparalleled city of night. Even in a world where magic and spirits are real, evil most often takes human form. Tokyo Babylon is the story of Subaru Sumeragi, a sixteen-year-old onmyouji (a […]

The Power of Friendship

In most comics and manga, the main character’s story is one of trouble and tabulation. The main character, generally male, can only grow because of the people around them. Because of these strong connections, the main character becomes more and more powerful until they can defeat the main villain of the story or even just […]