History of MANGA & ANIME Retold With a Picture Book

The Discovery of Anime and Manga
Credit: Juan Calle (Immedium)
Credit: Juan Calle (Immedium)

Press Release

Immedium announces the publication of the children’s picture book The Discovery of Anime and Manga. Written by comic book veterans Phil Amara and Oliver Chin and illustrated by artist Juan Calle, this is the third tale in the fascinating and informative series The Asian Hall of Fame.

Anime and Manga is the first English children's picture book on how Japanese animation and comics were created! Young readers love these entertainment and will be excited!

Dao is a cute red panda who can travel back in time and place! He befriends the curious kids Ethan and Emma and transports them to Asia in the blink of an eye. Together they have fun discovering how very cool things were invented there.

Now the trio begins their new adventure in 12th century Japan. They see how paintings, traveling storytellers, and newspapers paved the way for comics in the 20th century. Soon magazines and books supplied fantastic manga to audiences of all ages. Meanwhile through film, television, home video, and the internet, anime also spread across the globe. Learn about famous creators such as Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy) and Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro), unique genres such as mecha (giant robots), iconic series from Speed Racer and Dragon Ball to Sailor Moon and Pokémon, and how Japanese popular culture changed the world.

Just like in The Discovery of Ramen and Fireworks and Gunpowder, co-authors Amara (a former Dark Horse comics editor) and Chin (whom the San Jose Mercury News called "an expert on Pacific Rim pop culture") continue to make history come alive. Fittingly, Juan Calle action-packed illustrations sparkle with comic book energy! Enjoy the fantastic fun of the ground-breaking The Discovery of Anime and Manga and get ready to discover more amazing inventions from The Asian Hall of Fame in the future!

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