Dark Horse Comics has partnered with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) to publish a manga guide that’s being aimed at librarians, educators and parents. The book, which is titled CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices, was funded by a grant from the Gaiman Foundation. The book covers the history of manga, its major demographic divisions, its most significant creators, and the challenges that manga has sometimes faced in North America.
The book includes input from writers in the North American and Japanese sides of the industry. Contributors to the book include Manga Bookshelf columnist Sean Gaffney, Ed Chavez from Vertical, Inc., Erica Friedman from Yuricon and ALC Publishing, Shaenon Garrity from VIZ Media and Otaku USA, and Robin Brenner and Katherine Dacey from School Library Journal. The book was edited by Melinda Beasi from Manga Bookshelf.
CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices is available now at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, which runs June 27-July 2, 2013. The book will also be available at Anime Expo in Los Angeles from July 4-7, 2013.
According to a writeup at the CBLDF website, it appears the book will become more widely available when it’s released to comic book shops on December 4, 2013.