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Ariane Beldi

ICv2 - A Second Bad Year in a Row for Manga - 1 views

  • Manga readers lack the “collector mentality” of comic book fans and also tend to be both young and tech savvy.  The fact that manga is “long-form” entertainment, with many series running to dozens of volumes (Naruto Vol. 48 is due out in June), even taking into account the fact that manga is very attractively priced compared with traditional American graphic novels, it is very expensive to collect the entire series in paper. 
    • Ariane Beldi
      Well, I'm not sure that manga readers lack the "collector mentality", since serialization is at the very basis of manga, but as pointed out later in the paragraph, collecting the 100+ volumes of Naruto or buying the 20+ boxes of its anime adaptation is probably out of reach for the younger wallets. Basically, the industry has tried to milk people a bit too much by producing over-extended narratives. Moreover, they might have over-estimated people's capacity to follow the same hero over decades. Only very few narratives have been able to achieve this feat.
Nele Noppe

Feudal Japanese Star Wars Art - 0 views

    Just for fun
Nele Noppe

Call for papers: The Blackwell Companion to the Historical Film - 0 views

  •   Call for Contributions

            The Blackwell Companion to the Historical Film

      Editors: Robert A Rosenstone, California Institute of Technology

         Constantin Parvulescu, Washington University in St Louis

    The editors invite contributions to The Blackwell Companion to Historical
    Film, a volume of 25 to 30 essays devoted to the latest scholarship on the
    origins, contributions, history, range, codes, strategies, poetics,
    politics, tropes, production, packaging, and cultural impact of this
    important genre, the dramatic historical feature film. The Companion will
    be a major work which will survey the field as it exists today and also be
    suitable as a textbook for history-on-film and film-studies classes. The
    collection focuses only on feature films, and will include essays by both
    leading and emerging scholars in the fields of history, cinema studies,
    cultural studies, and other fields that have something to offer this
    inherently interdisciplinary topic.  Scholars such as Robert Burgoyne,
    Marcia Landy, and Catherine Portugues, Paula Rabinowitz, Alison Landsberg,
    Denise Youngblood, and Guy Westwell have already committed themselves to
    essays for the volume.

    We are currently seeking essays on particular topics, but scholars
    interested in contributing to the collection need not limit themselves to
    these themes but should feel free to suggest anything related to the genre
    of the historical film:

    •       American history (especially 18 and 19th centuries) on film
    •       African-American and American-Indian history on film
    •       Exile and diaspora historical films
    •       Cinematic adaptations of historical novels
    •       Minor histories and minor heroes on film
    •       The historical film and the national mythology (outside Europe)
    •       History on film and history on other media, including animation
    •       Production and marketing of historical films

    Those who wish to contribute should send a working title, a brief
    description of the proposed essay and a short bio to both editors: and Essays are to be between
    8,000 and 10,000 words long; they will be due on March 1, 2011.

    Abstracts submission deadline: May 1, 2010.


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