Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Read this: A Timeline of Josei Manga in the U.S.

Erica Sakurazawa's Between the Sheets, one of the josei manga mentioned in the recent write-up.

Josei manga - Japanese comics written for adult women - are something of an underdeveloped category in the States, especially compared to shojo (for teen/preteen girls) and shonen/seinen (for boys and men, respectively.)

Still, the amount of josei that's reached our shores over the years is plenty enough for Johanna Draper Carlson of Manga Worth Reading to compile a handy history listing the demographic's most notable titles, publishers, and pieces of discussion.

Alas, many of the manga mentioned are currently out of print, and may be hard to track down - but most books towards the end of the timeline are fairly easy to find, and even the older ones pop up now and then. If you have a good used bookstore in your area, pay them a visit and see what josei manga they have for you to try!

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