Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009



Last week I was in the fabulous bookstore, Kinokuniya, doing some Christmas shopping for my son and nephew.  All three of us enjoy manga.

One of my favorites for both artwork and story is the ongoing series, Vagabond, by Takehiko Inoue.  It is a fictionalized account of Miyamoto Musashi’s life, based on a loose adaptation of Eiji Yoshikawa’s novel, Musashi.


Miyamoto Musashi (c.1584-1645), also known as Shinmen Takezo, was a Japanese swordsman and samurai famed for his duels and distinctive style.  Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his superb swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age.  He developed his own style and school of sword-fighting.  Musashi is the author of The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics and philosophy that is still studied today.  He was also a painter and calligrapher.

Does anyone know if manga is created on sheets or notebooks? Do artists generally ink with a pen or calligraphy nib?

Learn more about Vagabond author Takehiko Inoue here.

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