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Brush-up on your Comics History

Posted in Comics, History, Manga, Youtube by J.R. Bumanglag on January 7, 2009

Have you ever wondered how comic books and manga began? Well, ask no more. I recently found some interesting videos about the history of comic books and manga. They’re very informative and will give you an understanding and appreciation for comic books and its origins. Some of them have interviews with artists, writers and editors from the industry of whom includes Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Joe Quesada, Osamu Tezuka, Katsuhiro Otomo and alot more.

Comic Book Super Heroes Unmasked

Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7 Part 8 Part 9  – Part 10

This is a 10 part video series ripped-off from a TV channel. Credits to Salazax for uploading it.

Once Upon A Time The Super Heroes

Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9 Part 10

Another 10 part video series. Uploaded by Batmitey.

Manga Mania

Part 2 Part 3Part 4 Part 5

This is a 5 part video series. Thanks to Khanbaliq for uploading it.

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2009 Graphic Novel Wishlist

Posted in Comics by J.R. Bumanglag on January 2, 2009

Opening the new year, I’m immersing myself to a whole new range of comic book and graphic novel goodness. Back in early 2008, I introduced myself to the Marvel Universe through the first issue of Leinil Yu’s run on Secret Invasion. After that came Alex Ross’ Justice Volume 1. Initially, I was interested in these titles because of the artstyle and story-telling techniques. But as time moved on, I learned to appreciate the kind of approach American comics seem to have. I am, in many ways, a manga enthusiast first and foremost having read Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Deathnote, Akira, Vagabond and a lot more. I enjoyed reading all of them, citing them as very influential for me as an artist and a reader. So this 2009, I’m opening my doors to a whole new world!

Superman Birthright

Superman: Birthright

Written by Mark Waid;

Art and cover by Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan

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Justice Volume 3

Written by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross;

Art by Doug Braithwaite and Ross; Cover by Ross

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Kingdom Come

Written by Mark Waid;

Art and Cover by Alex Ross

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Written by Frank Miller;

Art and Cover by Miller and Klaus Janson

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Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

Written by Frank Miller;

Art by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 1

Written by Alan Moore;

Art by Kevin O’Neill, Ben Dimagmaliw and Bill Oakley

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The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

Written by Neil Gaiman;

Art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones, III;

Painted Cover by Dave McKean

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Y: The Last Man Volume 1: Unmanned

Written by Brian K. Vaughan;

Art by Pia Guerra and José Marzá, Jr.;

Painted Cover by J.G. Jones

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Civil War Volume 1

Written by Mark Millar;

Art by Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines and Morry Hollowell

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Sin City Volume 1

Written and Illustrated by Frank Miller

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I probably won’t purchase all of them this year. God knows I have a long way to go.