While the online manga world continues to fret about whether manga will ever grow up, Chris Butcher spots some evidence in TIME Magazine:
Meanwhile, Time Magazine is running an article on the guilty pleasures of famous authors. #1? Why it’s Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz talking about his love of Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER:
“Urasawa is a national treasure in Japan, and if you ain’t afraid of picture books, you’ll see why.” – Junot Diaz, Time.com
Maybe there’s some hope that adult manga fiction will cross over into the mainstream after all, eh?
Only if you consider Junot Diaz “Mainstream.” Like, he’s a well-respected author and all but he’s no A-Rod, if you take my meaning.
Our prediction? Japanese literary manga will continue to be a small market for the artistically adventurous, but it will never go away.
Related: Butcher reprints an interview with Taiyo Matsumoto, of TEKKON KINKREET fame.