CLAMP, the amazing manga group consisting of four women. The group consists of Mokona Apapa, Satsuki Igarashi, Mick Nekoi and Nanase Ohkawa. They create many of my favorite manga series and are well known to many anime/manga fans. Many of CLAMP's works are very popular and have been translated to English. X, Clover, Cardcaptor Sakura, Angelic Layer, Chobits and Magic Knight Rayearth were all extremely popular, but the list of wonderful manga created by CLAMP does not stop there. CLAMP Campus Detectives, Suki, Man of Many Faces, RG Veda, Legal Drug, Duklyon: CLAMP School Defenders, Tokyo Babylon and Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales all acquired a fair amount of devoted fans. Some of CLAMP's latest series are XXXHolic and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. Why is CLAMP so popular? I'm sure there are many different reasons. I enjoy CLAMP's work because of the beautiful art, intriguing characters and interesting plots. CLAMP also creates a variety of manga (not only shoujo) and has different drawing styles. I'm sure you're probably wondering what my point is. I just wanted to give everyone a little information on CLAMP, and anyway, this IS my page for rambling.
Animerica Shoujo Issue
Animerica volume 11, number 9 is all about shoujo manga/anime! There is a list of the best shoujo manga out there, articles and much more. Look for the issue with Utena (from Revolutionary Girl Utena the Movie) on the cover. Check it out!
How to Draw Manga: Developing Shoujo Manga Techniques
Volume 5 of the How to Draw Manga is all about shoujo manga! Woohoo! How to create shoujo stories, how to draw backgrounds, how to make manuscripts and how to draw characters are all included in this fabulous book! This book is great, full of useful information for creating manga. It's worth every penny!
I have recently started reading Newtype USA, an anime magazine. This magazine first ran in Japan and now has come out in English. I wasn't sure if it would be any good, since the only anime magazine I read is Animerica. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a pretty large magazine and unlike many, every other page was not filled with advertisements. The characters of featured anime series were given very detailed descriptions. This magazine includes release dates of anime and manga in America, episode summaries of anime airing in Japan, lots of anime articles, interviews, articles on Japanese singers and movies as well as a free poster and promotional DVD. The manga Full Metal Panic! is also currently running in the magazine. I love my new magazine! ^.^ Heehee! If you're looking for an informative magazine that's worth the money try Newtype!