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My boss, you know, the one that signs my time cards, and subscribes to the Lionist Agenda, gave me a copy of Life of Pi today. Granted, by page 45 of the book the hyena's dead, it's still a nice gesture of peace.

I have brought her a large pile of manga and the "Sailor Moon" Role-playing game. The fact that this is specifically work-related is ver' strange.


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Apr. 6th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
That's very sweet of her. :)

Manga...are they thinking to publishing 'comic' stuff? Interesting.
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yeppers, aimed at English Language Learners/remedial students. As I'm probably the only person on the floor with a background in education, literature and comic books, I've been offering a lot of suggestions. Good stuff, excellent vocabulary, nicely polycultural--biggest stumbling blocks are that teachers don't generally want comics in their classroom.

I'm not sure why the president of the company is interested in manga. I suspect he may have kids. I'm repeating, repeatedly, that educational Manga is IMO a bad idea. It sounds like my boss wants me to be a consultant on this project. Hee, geek pays off :)
Apr. 6th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
Ummm...educational manga might lead to education hentai.

I tremble at the thought of my children one day taking Tentacle Sex Ed.
Apr. 6th, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC)
Educational Manga does exist, and even a few have been translated.
In Frederik L. Schodt's Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (Great book by the way) states that Lanchester Press translates and sells Manga on the Lanchester Strategy.

And I agree with you, agh, those look boring. But they make money selling them to Japanese business men.

Just like the US, Japan also has it's concerned parent groups who want to ban violent and hentai Manga thanks because in part of the infamous Miyazaki incident (he was known to have collected rorikon Manga).
Apr. 7th, 2004 05:30 am (UTC)
I figger it's just another comic medium, so far as educational materials go. There's not a significant mainstream market (the supermajority goes to Superheros in Tights). A company uber-mucketymuck was suggesting that we pursue a Manga style in a big way for our own spin on the edu-comic, and I was of the opinion that this was a bad thing because 1) there wasn't a market for manga comics in a middle-school/remedial high school context, the readership isn't there. 2) The illusion of popularity of Japanese comics doesn't extend beyond the over-marketed series like Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon at lower-level readership, there wouldn't be a coat-tails effect that would make Manga style popular just for being Manga. 3) Manga style is conspicuous, and since teachers may already be reluctant to use a comic of any sort in their classroom, having Manga as the dominant art style for the edu-comic project would be drawing attention to the pop nature of the medium. An American style would be more "transparent" to the teacher, not conspicuous.

Feel free to argue with me--Scott McCloud indicates that by far the most popular genre is the mainstream superhero, which is at least the art style I'm thinking we should go for here.
Apr. 7th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
I actually have Scott McCloud's first book. My dad, who's a big comic book fan got it for my birthday long ago before I was ever in High School.

I also watched the History Channel's esp. on the history of comics. Even if the Superhero genre is popular, things are slowly caving in thanks to graphic novels and 'big box' book stores.
People go to the 'big box' book stores far more than then do comic book stores these days. The most recent comic book store to close where I live was in Camarillo. You have to go to either Ventura or travel up into Santa Barbara to get to a decent comic book store.
Which is sad, comic book stores always have a neat appeal to me since my dad always has a habit with making friends with the employees who worked there.

You also forget about all the CLAMP and Yu Watase stuff that's waaayyy too overrated among girls, both young and old.

Odd enough, I once had an argument with a manga fan over the fact that I felt that Viz should license and translate Outlaw Star. He was ranting at me because of the more graphic scenes in the manga and the age level of people who watched the anime. Funny, since even if OLS was edited like crazy on TV, a good number of the fans were at High school or College level. He also went on about how little kids could easily pick them up and entice angry parents.
What an idiot, because the section where graphic novels are often sold so are Underground comics are sold (My dad also collects those), which kids can also pick up from the same book self.

I do agree with going with the Traditional style, but even then you still have those 'teachers' aka the teachers who hate any form of art. You know the ones who would punish you for drawing on papers.
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