Hey Kids, Comics! #256 - I Think I'm Turning Japanese: West Meets East


Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are yet again jumping headfirst into unfamiliar waters as they continue their exploration of Japanese cultural and artistic influences on American Comics.


From "AmeriManga" cash grabs to actual Manga as inspiration, many are the influences that can be found in the art of Western comics and comic artists.  Beyond this is another layer of influence in the portrayal of Japanese and Japanese-Americans in comics.


Over the last half-century of comics, Japan has gone from enemy to ally and Japanese from stereotypes to well-rounded characters.  This, too, is an important aspect of the cultural influence that inspired this arc.


All of this and the "Samurai Connection" in the penultimate issue of "I Think I'm Turning Japanese".