The Young Adult Library Services Association published its list of Best Graphic Novels for Teens for the years 2011, and the soon-to-be-released Mangaman makes the cut!
“Fantastic—in every sense of the word! Lyga and Doran have created an eye-popping fun-ride through the comics traditions of East and West. Fans of both comics and manga will love Mangaman. Colleen Doran’s encyclopedic, rapid-fire grasp of manga conventions blows my mind!”—Jeff Smith, author of Bone
“This is a wonderful, funny, touching story about the ultimate outsider seeking adventure and love within the borders that surround us all. There’s some seriously innovative storytelling going on here, and the artwork is sensational. If you’re looking for a fun read, a romp, a rollicking good time…then seriously: buy this book.” —J. Michael Straczynski, New York Times Bestselling author of Superman: Earth One
Ryoko, a manga character from a manga world, falls through the Rip into the “real” world—the western world—and tries to survive as the ultimate outsider at a typical American high school.
When Ryoko falls in love with Marissa Montaigne, the most beautiful girl in the school, his eyes turn to hearts and comic tension tightens as his way of being drawn and expressing himself clashes with this different Western world in which he is stuck in. “Panel-holed” for being different, Ryoko has to figure out how to get back to his manga world, back through the Rip . . . all while he has hearts for eyes for a girl from the wrong kind of comic book.
Barry Lyga writes a metafictive masterpiece as manga meets traditional Western comic book style, while Colleen Doran combines manga techniques and conventions with Western comic book
The panel was given a preview copy of our new graphic novel, and we are so happy they’ve chosen our book for consideration. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Ask for Mangaman at your local comic shop, or preorder it via your bookstore or online.