Define, Magi: Labyrinth of Magic Fanbook 01
“Doujinshi,” or self-published manga, often use the settings and characters of
established series to create new, unofficial storylines. The doujinshi Define by
Hawai‘i artist Kyunyo (b. 1994) reinterprets the manga series Magi: The Labyrinth
of Magic by Shinobu Ohtaka in her own narrative and artistic style. Define explores
the back-story of a character from the original manga, filling in and expanding
upon what Ohtaka chose to leave hidden. Doujinshi serves as an entry point into
professional publishing for many young artists. Through this format they develop
a personal voice while finding inspiration from the work of their favorite manga
Kyunyo, preferring to go by a penname, is an ardent follower of current Japanese
manga culture, which her work reflects. She represents a younger generation eager
to create manga influenced by international trends.
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