an comics and have been thinking about looking into the manga scene, read anything by Kazuo Koike. Born in 1936, Kazuo Koike has been creating manga his entire life, often times with co-creator Goseki Kojima. Koike’s first, and perhaps most famous, work is 子連れ狼 (Lone Wolf and Cub). I was first introduced to this comic by a former ComicDorkCast member that you have grown to known and love, Rob. The story of a wandering ronin and his son has become inspiration for manga and anime creators alike. Directors and artists have also taken influences from Koike’s work. One example comes from writer/director, Quentin Tarentino. Tarentino’s Kill Bill is signficantly influenced by Koike’s work 修羅雪姫 (Lady Snowblood). Although Japan may not have my monthly fix of Hal Jordon beating up some zombies or Jamie Madrox and the Summers Rebellion, they do have a rich comic culture of their own that's popularity far surpasses that in America. Now I just gotta understand this whole…Pachinko thing. Until next time! Sayounara.
Picture 1: Me cuttin up some samurai dude
Picture 2: Just a small corner of an average japanese comic store.
Picture 3: Lady Snowblood... does that color scheme look familar?
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