â€œThe Manga Guide to Electricityâ€, part of â€œThe Manga Guideâ€ series by No Starch Press, is a novel approach to the old problem of getting over the initial mental block when trying to learn electronics.
We decided to compare this book to another introductory text: â€œGetting Started in Electronicsâ€ by [Forrest M. Mims].Â [Mims]â€˜ book is a handwritten masterpiece of electronic literature. The writing style is friendly and concise, the examples are simple, and the drawings are excellent. It also makes sure to keep the learning process as application based as possible. Unlike other books, it doesnâ€™t bog the reader down with math and theory that is only useful to advanced students. Since its original printing in 1983, [Mims]â€˜ has become the de facto standard for beginner electronic literature.
â€œThe Manga Guideâ€ attempts to walk the beginner through the very basics of electronics using the interactions between [Rereko], a resident of planet Electopia; [Yonosuke], a transdimensional robot cell phone; and [Hikaru Yano Sensei], an electrical engineering researcher at a Japanese university. [Rereko] is apparently very bad at electricity, and is sent to learn the basics from Hikaru over the summer by her professor.
â€œThe Manga Guideâ€ is a lot of fun to read. The interactions between the characters are lighthearted, and the whole setting has a sort of quirkiness about it that makes you keep reading just for the joy of it. It covers most of the basics thoroughly and with excellent examples. The art is a very well drawn, playful style of manga.
On a related note, MAKE now has Forrest Mims as a columnist!