The Tsunami, the Japanese Publishing Industry, Suzuki Miso’s Reportage, and the One Piece Lifeboat

“Since July, the number of manga authors making work about the March 11th earthquake and tsunami has increased noticeably. There seems to be a new book every week or so on related topics, and numerous spot treatments in periodicals. Short diaristic accounts are most typical, narrating the day of the disaster, trips north to be part of the relief efforts, or warm remembrances of a pre-disaster Tohoku (Northeast Japan). In most cases the artists have donated writing fees to charity or have written for charities directly. Prominent artists have participated in charity book signings. Original artwork has been sold at fund-raisers. Major and minor artists alike have visited schools, community centers, and refugee camps to conduct volunteer manga drawing classes for displaced schoolchildren.”


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