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Women in Comics: Manga

For March, rather than focusing on a specific genre, I thought I would take a look at a wide range of manga created by women. Though I think many readers assume that most of the top manga creators are men, in fact there are a number of famous and important works created by women. Here are just a few examples.

Fullmetal AlchemistFullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – Featuring two main characters, one with a prosthetic arm and leg and the other a disembodied soul in a metal body, Fullmetal Alchemist is a fun series set in a world where alchemy offers practitioners the ability to transform the world around them, but not without a price. The story offers a perfect combination of a steampunk setting, compelling characters, humor, and adventure. Told over the course of 10 volumes, the story is one that has gone on to spawn two anime series, video games, and a series of Japanese novels. This is a great manga for serious manga fans and new readers alike.

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Graphic Novelists You Should Know: Manga Edition

Join me in a manga?

Manga.  At first it seemed like a visitor from another planet, alien and intimidating, but now the chibis, catgirls and exclamations of “dattebayo” are a part of everyday life. For the reader late to the manga party, however, standing in front of a wall covered in series with titles like “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “xxxHolic” and “Afterschool Charisma” can be a disorienting, almost dizzying experience. That’s why The Hub exists, dear reader, to help you embrace new formats without fear!

Astute readers will note that we have written about manga before — take in our guide to some of manga genres and tropes for reference. This post will help the manga novice to follow Rule 1 of the Novice’s Guide to Enjoying Comics found in our post about the DC Reboot: “Find a good comic book creator.” Here, for your reading pleasure, are some of the giants of manga, people who consistently and frequently produce good work, and who are shoo-in recommendations to anyone who wants to break into the manga-verse. Are you ready? Ikimashou!

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