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Define, Magi: Labyrinth of Magic Fanbook 01

Kyunyo, 2013


“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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