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John A. Lent

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461589

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461589.001.0001

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(p.97) Chapter 5 Taiwan
Asian Comics

John A. Lent

University Press of Mississippi

The chapter on Taiwan, as other chapters have, contains stories of unusual situations in the birthing and sustaining of comics−e.g., how a teacher in the 1950s, joining the anticomics bandwagon, drew a serious strip imploring students not to read them, only to watch his strip itself become a smash hit; how many Taiwanese cartoonists for nearly 20 years quit drawing comics because of the government’s double standard censorship policy favoring Japanese manga, how another cartoonist created his very popular strip while in the Taiwanese army, drawing under a blanket at night with the help of a flashilight, and then splitting the panels and sending them individually in separate envelopes to his father to avoid military censors. Other topics include the prevalence of manga until a serious government crackdown in 1992, efforts to rejuvenate the industry, and professional activities in recent years.

Keywords:   piracy, manga, censorship, female cartoonists, comic strips

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