Saucer Eyes and Black Ink: The Germangaka Are Coming!

They’re young, talented and self-assured. Women manga artists from Germany are succeeding: Their publishers note rising circulations, the fan community is growing. A stroll through the German manga scene reveals how diverse this genre is.More ...
Stefanie Wollgarten (story) & Inga Steinmetz (drawings): First Love, Safety First!, hg. v. condomi health international, CARE-LINE Verlag 2006.

Manga in the German-Language Cultural Area

15 years ago, no one would have seriously thought that Japanese comics would one day spread all over the globe. Today, they are part of young people’s daily lives to such an extent that their visual language is even used in German sex education: a manga story entitled “First Love, Safety First!” promotes the use of condoms, and the Ministry of the Interior of the Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia makes use of the manga style to educate about right-wing extremism.More ...
Moki: „Popov & Piezke“, in: Orang, Nr. 8, Reprodukt 2009. © Moki / Kikipost

The Japanese Influence on German Comics

The manga boom began in the 1990’s with the breakthrough success of a few shojo and shonen manga series. Since then, a major market has developed in which about 80 percent of sales in the trade consists of manga. German fans quickly began to draw manga themselves, bringing about the emergence of an entirely new scene that had nothing in common with the traditional comics scene.More ...
Dirk Schwieger, © Dirk Schwieger

“Moresukine” and beyond – Titus Ackermann in interview with Dirk Schweiger

DIn 2006 Dirk Schwieger spent a year living in Tokyo, and he reported his experiences in his interactive comic blog “Moresukine”. Now his account has been published in book form. Time for an interview between colleagues about the background to this project – Titus Ackermann, himself an illustrator and creator of the “Moga Mobo” comic, asked the questions.More ...


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