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Jakarta Post

The race is on for aspiring mangaka

  • Andrea Tejokusumo


JAKARTA   /   Sun, December 20 2009   /  02:25 pm

Part of a generation growing up on steady supplies of Japanese comic books, many young Indonesians today aspire to become professional manga artists for a living. Their challenge, as pointed out by manga teacher Machiko Maeyama, lies foremost in putting their hearts and minds into the profession. There's something to be said about Japan's impeccable pace for progress. Ever since Western ships docked its harbors in the latter half of 19th century, the remote island nation has catapulted at full throttle to becoming one of the world's largest economies and exporter of cultural products from cars to cuisine and comic books. The modern traditions of Japanese comic book (manga) and animation (anime) could be traced to as recently as 1940s post-war Japan, with Osamu Tezuka's Mighty Atom (Astro Boy) and Machiko Hasegawa's Sazae-san leading the pack as pioneer works influenc...