Circuit Reader #5: A Mad Tea-Party

I have not read very much manga. My only experience with it is Tezuka’s Buddha, of which I read the first volume about a month ago. Nonetheless, I have a passing familiarity with its elements, having read plenty of Scott McCloud, and I can see its influence spreading throughout the comics scene. McCloud was possibly the first to adopt its tropes in his Zot! series of the eighties, but today there is probably not a single comics artist alive whose work is not at least indirectly influenced by manga. Amateur cartoonists are especially prone to creating work that would be indistinguishable from actual Japanese manga were they not drawn with complete ineptitude. This is not to say that it’s impossible to create good work in the manga tradition, though. Jonathon Dalton’s A Mad Tea Party is proof of that much.

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