Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics If you're a big fan of anime, manga, or the Asian culture in general, then I would suggest that you pick up a copy of Paul Gravett's brand-new book, 'Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics'. This 320 page paperback is a really comprehensive read, and chock full of images, commentary, facts, and insights, relating to the wonderful world of oriental four-color funnies. If you want to know more, please feel free to check out the following interview I did with the main man himself, Mister Paul Gravett. Enjoy.

Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics

1) Please tell us a little bit about yourself, Paul?   I’m a left-handed Essex boy who has lived in London since 1979. More importantly, though, comic books have fascinated me since before I could even read, and thanks to them, I'm still in my first childhood.

2) What inspired you to create ‘Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics’?   I come up with this book because I love manga from Japan and I’ve never stopped finding wonders from many other countries in Asia. Basically I just want to share my discoveries and open people’s eyes to the orients diversity and dynamism.

Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics
3) After writing this book, what do you find is the most surprising fact featured in it?   Probably the fact that each of the little-known comics published by North Korea, all of which are more-or-less state propaganda, are not allowed to represent the Great Leader himself. He cannot be cartooned or caricatured, and if he should appear, he is shown as an abstract glowing aura like the sun.

4) What song would you say best represents this piece and why?   Ouch! That's a hard question to answer, what with so many nations represented in Mangasia. But that said, I suppose I can choose, ‘Afreen’ by A. R. Rahman, Nakash Aziz & KM Sufi Ensemble, for its energy alone. 

5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your wares, who would you choose, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   How about the inimitable, irresistible imagination of Salvador Dalí, because he’d come up with some unforgetable ideas. Or as he used to say in his unmistakeable accent, ‘If you’ve goat it, flount it!'.

Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics
6) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   See my credo below for more details, keeping in mind that I am so curious about comics, I have the mad goal of seeing every comic ever published before I pop my clogs.

7) If you had a personal motto, what would it be?   My credo for my life-long passion for comics is: ‘No Nostalgia, No Loyalties, and No Limits'.

And on that note, I'd like to thank Paul for telling us about his book, 'Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics', before directing you towards his official website, amazon, facebook, and twitter pages. Go on, give them a click and pick up a copy today. I did, and I wasn't disappointed one little bit.


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