A Zoo In Winter

by Taniguchi Jiro | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1908007044 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 4/30/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, May 24, 2012
I bought this hardcover manga online after seeing this Unshelved Book Club review. It's a slice-of-life story in which a young man stumbles into a job as an assistant to a manga artist. [Should be interesting to compare to the Bakuman series, which is about high school friends who are obsessed with creating manga.]

This turns out to be more of a melancholy tale, with personal and family issues complicating the main character's attempts to succeed in his new career. The book does make it clear just how challenging it can be working in the manga industry - especially if one wants to create one's own stories instead of just inking panels for others. The main character spends a couple of years as an assistant, trying to work on his own stories on the side, and losing inspiration - until he meets a young woman who encourages him, even though she's very ill...

Charming, and bittersweet.

[There's a TV Tropes page for the book that may be of interest.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, February 23, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (2/23/2013 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm adding this to the Manga/Manhwa bookbox, which will be on its way shortly. Hope someone enjoys it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingk00kaburrawing at San Jose, California USA on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I'll be keeping this one.

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