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Narrative in art has been seen for centuries in a wide range of different forms. Now I should start off by saying the 'true origins' of manga is disputed. World War II accelerated the world of comics and manga. However we'll take a look at what has been going on before global conflict changed everything. We'll start with the actual name itself, manga, meaning 'whimsical pictures'. So this is the nature of it, satire, doodles, sketches, exaggeration and humour. The first time this term was used to describe a piece of artwork in Japan was given to Hokusai Manga (first published in 1814). So there is the term itself, but going a bit further back is where it's real history becomes debatable.

 

Theory 1

Manga started around 12-13th century, the Japanese Fujiwara Period. Animal caricatures known seen on picture scrolls are an early form of narrative. They show mischief and fun doodles, and they are actually an early example of Japanese art that is breaking away from their Chinese roots.

 

Theory 2

Manga started around the Fujiwara Period or the Heian Period (794 - 1185). This all started with The Legend of Mount Sigi. The style is more serious than the animals seen in the picture scrolls. And the subject itself is also more serious, they depicted monks performing miracles and can be described as serious and dramatic.

 

So looking at both sides of the argument they both certainly started with scrolls! One whimsical, the other serious, both of which though are certainly mediums to tell stories with. Certainly with the help of print and other factors literacy incrased in Japan during the 18th Century, and illustrated novels called kibyoshi became popular. And in the next couple of centuries we run into the first time the term manga is recorded.

However there are dramatic changes that happen before manga evolves into what it is today. More on that in the near future in another article!


 Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.                  

                           Robert McKee


Sources: web-japan.org/ - Exploring the history of manga, www.digitalartistdaily.com/ - A Brief History of Manga, jart-kansai.blogspot.co.uk/ - Illustrated Handscroll "Legend of Mount Shigi" (Shigisan Engi Emaki) & Collection of Chogosonshiji Temple, storyteller.net

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AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice article!
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charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How has Kingdudom been? :glomp: havent been on da much since Olympic started. Ah-ha!
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oh you can hazard a guess, busy!

I'm just finishing my breakfast and tea at home and I'll be getting ready to go out to work, then I got an art history article for you guys to write. :)

How about yourself?
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charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I lost my job again. Trying to look for another where I'll stay this time is getting a bit tiresome frankly but still have to do it. I don't know whats up with this year so far but I seem to be uncovering the bad side of people left, right and center. Haiz!!!!! When will it all end? :icondragondizzy:
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Again? O_o

What happened?
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charlenequek Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes again. 3 weeks of happiness then my whole world came crushing down. :noes:
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
What happened?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic; really great to see this!
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