Manga and Other International Comics

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Tsukirino, Yumi, and Chisato Seki. Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Volume 1. VIZ Kids ed. San Francisco, California : VIZ Media, 2011. Print.

Summary:  Follow Cinnamoroll and her friends Chiffon, Cappuccino, Espresso, Mocha, and little Milk, as they visit a haunted house, uncover a mysterious map, take a trip to the beach, and so much more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Fantasy/magical/adventure/comedy stories
  • Stories about a haunted house, different seasons, birthdays, and more.
  • Manga character series created by Sanrio (this particular volume is first in the series)
  • Characters that are puppies
  • Humorous-funny
  • Contents page, in full color (found on page 6)
  • Meet the characters, in full color (on pages 2-5)
  • Has an opening color sequence on pages 7-16
  • Reads from right to left
  • Black-and-white and grey-toned artwork
  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel
  • 159 pages, short stories

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 8 – 12 years, but may appeal to all ages

Visual Style: 

  • Black-and-white and grey-toned artwork (black is used for lettering, as well as, for outlining the panels and characters)
  • Simple art style
  • Drawings are cutesy and childlike
  • Each of the characters has a different physics features, such as Chiffon has a fluffy tail and ears, Cinnamoroll has a curly spiral tail (looks like a cinnamon roll), Mocha wears bows with flowers, etc.

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational, humorous, and cutesy
  • Reads from right to left
  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel
  • There is a guide at the back of this volume that states, “You’re Reading in the Wrong Direction! This is the END of this graphic novel!” It is nice that they put instructions in the back to let you know which way to read it.

Awards: 

  • No notable awards for this specific volume.

Additional Information: 

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Takaya, Natsuki. Fruits Basket. Volume 1. Los Angeles, CA : Tokyopop, 2004. Print.

Summary: Fruits Basket, Volume 1, is a romance story that revolves around an orphan girl named Tohru Honda and the Chinese Zodiac.

Appeal Factors:

  • Shōjo manga series (manga more marketed or intended for girls)
  • Character-driven series (this particular volume is the first in the 23 volume series)
  • Might appeal to fans of romantic and comedy-drama stories
  • Fantasy/magic/secrecy
  • Humorous (slapstick)
  • Art style (rounder faces and larger eyes)
  • Reads from right to left
  • Black-and-white artwork
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • 216 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age range: 13 – 17 years

Visual Style: 

  • Art style (rounder faces and larger eyes)
  • Cartoonish
  • Simple artwork
  • Black-and-white artwork
  • Humorous (slapstick)

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational and melodramatic at times
  • Reads right to left
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Some of the words in the panels are hard to read, due to the text being really tiny.

Awards:

  • Kodansha Manga Award in the Shōjo Manga Category, 2001
  • Animage Anime Grand Prix Award Winner for Fruits Basket, 2001
  • America Anime Awards Best Manga Award Winner, 2007

Additional Information: 

  • Fruits Basket. Volume 1, has been translated from Japanese.
  • There are twenty-three volumes in the Fruits Basket series
  • Fruits Basket. Volume 1, and other volumes in the series is referenced in Michael Pawuk’s 2007, Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More (listed under Chapter 7 Contemporary Life: Romance).

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Abouet, Marguerite, Clément Oubrerie, and Dag Dascher. Aya: of Yop City. Montréal, Canada : Drawn & Quarterly, 2008. Print.

Summary: In the second graphic novel in the Aya series, the story surrounds Aya’s group of friends, in particular Aya’s friend and the paternity of her new baby.

Appeal Factors:

  • Part of a series (this particular graphic novel is the sequel to Aya)
  • 1970’s Ivory Coast setting
  • A list of character names and illustrations can be found after the title page
  • Might appeal to fans of romantic comedy stories.
  • Might appeals to fans of soap operas and melodramas.
  • Slice of life story
  • Humorous tone
  • Good pacing
  • Includes a “Glossary,” “Recipes,” “Interview with Marquerite Abouet” and “Wardrobe Instructions,” which can be found at the back of the graphic novel.
  • Full color (vibrant and warm color palette)
  • 112 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommend Age Range: 16 years and older

Visual Style: 

  • Full color (vibrant and warm color palette)
  • Expressive
  • Detailed background scenes
  • Good pacing
  • Each panel is divided by white space
  • Every panel has been hand-drawn
  • Every speech bubbles has been hand-drawn (they vary in size and shape).

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue has a humorous tone
  • Dialogue is conversational, melodramatic, and vernacular
  • Text is located in white, hand-drawn speech bubbles

Awards: The first book in the Aya series titled Aya has won numerous awards including:

  • Winner of the Best First Album award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival
  • Winner of the Children’s Africana Book Award, 2008
  • Winner of the Glyph Award
  • Nominated for the Quill Award
  • Nominated for the Eisner Award- Best U.S. Edition of International Material, 2008
  • “Included on “best of” lists from The Washington Post, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.”-Drawn & Quarterly 
  • “On the YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels list.”-Drawn & Quarterly 

Additional Information: 

  • Aya: of Yop City has been translated from French.
  • Aya: of Yop City  Aya de Yopougon” was made into an animated film. It was released on July 17, 2013 in France. Here is the link to a preview on the animated film on The Mmofra Foundation Blog.
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