It isn’t entirely a new paper, but my paper “Japanese Visual Language” is now published in the anthology Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives now out in paperback. A brief description of my chapter:
Over the past two decades, manga has exploded in readership beyond Japan, and its style has captured the interest of young artists all over. But, what exactly are the properties of this “style” beyond the surface of big-eyes and “backward” reading? This paper explores the structural properties of the visual language underlying the “manga style,” how it works, and how it differs from the visual languages in comics from other parts of the world.
The book on the whole though seems to offer a fairly wide range of interesting papers that go quite in depth, and is well worth picking up for anyone interested in study manga.