• Women in Men’s World: The Feminism of Basara

    Women in Men’s World: The Feminism of Basara0

    Stories about gender and women have always fascinated me. Seek me out as a kid and you’d find me watching Mulan with a copy of Bruce Coville’s The Dragonslayers clutched to my chest. Discovering a relatively obscure series called Basara during my college years was just an extension of that. Basara follows the journey of

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  • Juliet Looks Through a Fishtank at Romeo: Romance Manga Aquarium

    Juliet Looks Through a Fishtank at Romeo: Romance Manga Aquarium0

    There’s a sweet and lovely feminism to the shoujo romance stories found in Tomoko Taniguchi’s Aquarium. Femininity is their strength. Tomoko Taniguchi was active in the Japanese market by the early nineties, but those same stories experienced a second, translated wind a decade later, in the bubble days of the American manga market. There’s very

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  • Trading Outpost: Genre/Gender/Generic

    Trading Outpost: Genre/Gender/Generic0

    Hello! And welcome back to another of The Trades, the world’s only comic podcast by people who don’t know anything about pen nibs. This month, we swear off literacy in order to better live out deconstructionism. Also, Aaron reads award nominated comics, while Webtoons is taking over my life, and I don’t know how to

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