Deb Aoki Hosted Special Mangastuds!

Today’s episode of Inkstuds takes a detour East, with a chat about Japanese manga for indie comics readers with your guest host, Deb Aoki, Manga Editor for ( and special guests:

Chris Butcher, manager of The Beguiling, comics blogger ( and co-founder of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival.

David P. Welsh, manga and comics blogger at The Manga Curmudgeon, and former columnist for Flipped!, a weekly feature on Japanese comics for The Comics Reporter.

Ryan Sands, indie/horror manga and comics blogger at Same Hat!, editor of Electric Ant Zine and translator/editor for Tokyo Zombie by Yusaku Hanakuma and the upcoming The Strange Tale of Panorama Island by Suehiro Maruo, both from Last Gasp.

Our chat delves into alternative manga past and present, including VIZ Media’s “too hip for the room” anthology magazine PULP and their online alt-manga website,, eclectic anthologies like Comics Underground Japan, Secret Comics Japan and the upcoming AX: A Collection of Alternative Manga from Top Shelf. We also talk about must-read manga beyond Tezuka, Tatsumi and Urasawa, and why 2010 is a great time to sample Japanese comics that goes beyond what you might think manga can be.


We talk about a LOT of manga in this episode of Inkstuds, so to make it easier to check out the titles we mentioned, here they are, presented in the order that we discussed them. Some older titles are out of print, and are notated by (OOP).

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