Comics in a Room. Hikikomori and NEET in the Ninth Art

  • Lisa Maya Quaianni Manuzzato
  • Simone Marchisano

Abstract

In ninth art, hikikomori and NEET turned into a storytelling inspiration for many works: manga such as Welcome to the NHK, Mēteru no kimochi and Asano Inio’s works; in the Italian production, some examples are Zerocalcare’s works or Habitat by Raffaele Sorrentino. In this paper, we analyse these social phenomena and how the private space is represented in comics, reflecting changes in social context.

Author Biographies

Lisa Maya Quaianni Manuzzato

(Milan, 1984) has a master’s degree cum laude in Performing Arts, Cinema, and Multimedia Communications (Università degli Studi di Milano, 2010) with a dissertation on History of Animation. She has written about Japanese animation in the books: Animation: A World History (Focal Press, 2015) and Animazione. Una storia globale (UTET, 2017), curated by Giannalberto Bendazzi. She extends her interests to Spanish comics and animation production and self-produced comics, issues that she covers in her participation in the Congreso Cómic y Compromiso Social (Universidad de Valencia, 2015) and in the CongresoInternacional de Estudios Interdisciplinares sobre Cómic (Universidad de Zaragoza, 2017). She is Communications Manager at WOW SpazioFumetto – Museo del Fumetto di Milano, where she has led exhibitions and events related to Japanese Culture and DIY comics. Shealsocollaborates to the comics critic website Lo Spazio Bianco.

Simone Marchisano

(Naples, 1989), has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a dissertation on “Homosexuality in Contemporary Indian Literature and Culture” at Università degli Studi di Milano, and he received a Master’s degree cum laude in Journalism and Publishing Culture at Università degli Studi di Parma, with a dissertation in Modern Comparative Literature. He is interested in comparative and cultural studies and he studied the relationship between literature, comics and digital media at university. He worked at WOW SpazioFumetto - Museo del Fumetto di Milano dealing with communication and exhibitions and he has collaborated with Fumettologica, online magazine about comics’ culture. He works in digital communications.

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Published
2018-10-30
How to Cite
Quaianni Manuzzato, L. M., & Marchisano, S. (2018). Comics in a Room. Hikikomori and NEET in the Ninth Art. Between, 8(15). https://doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/3254