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Monday, March 31, 2008

Japanese Manga in America


A recent business trip to San Francisco left little time for any sightseeing. Time constraints notwithstanding, manga was easy to find.

A book store on Union Square had an entire section, shelf after shelf, devoted to Japanese manga in English translation.

Not far away, south of Market Street, the Cartoon Museum has a large collection of work. While it is not specifically devoted to Japanese graphic art, hardcore fans of manga will still find something of interest.

I had time to take in an exhibit of Mary Blair, who designed "Alice in Wonderland" and did early work in anime. She was one of the first women to work as an animator at Disney, in the 1940s.

The upcoming exhibit is "The Ten-cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America."


Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel 415-CAR-TOON

Adults: $6. 11 am - 5 pm. Closed Mondays.

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