IT’S A GRAPHIC NOVEL, ACTUALLY

29 Jul

UtamaroOchiePortrait of the young geisha Ochie from Kitagawa Utamaro’s series Edo’s Celebrated Beauties (circa 1792). She’s reading a kibyoshi (“yellow-covered book”)– thirty or so woodblock printed images hand stitched into paper covers– making this one of the first ever depictions of a teenager reading a comic.

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One Response to “IT’S A GRAPHIC NOVEL, ACTUALLY”

  1. Alistair 29/07/2013 at 3:46 PM #

    Reblogged this on Alistair Gentry.

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