Manga exhibit from the Nanjing Memorial Museum

A touring exhibit on the subject of “My August 15th” sponsored by the Nanjing Memorial Museum is getting quite a bit of attention. China Daily carried an article, “Japanese cartoonists hold antiwar exhibition in China.” The web site for the My August 15th Society (私の八月十五日の会 / 日本漫画事務局) contains more information, including a list of cartoonists […]

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What is manga?

There’s an interesting discussion over at Manga Village News about the definition of manga. What is Manga? Ever since Tokyopop created their line of American created titles, dubbed OEL (Original English Language) manga, fans have been debating if they should be called manga. What is manga? Is it a style, or set of drawing conventions? […]

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Kuwata Jiro’s Bat-manga

This year’s manga seminar just ended. As in past years, it seems like we were just getting into a stride. The end came too soon. Well all I can do at this point is start thinking about next year’s course. I asked the students for input and got some great ideas. One of the questions […]

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Helen McCarthy: Veteran otaku

Helen McCarthy was in Kuala Lumpur recently to give a talk about Tezuka Osamu. In KL she was interviewed by Elizabeth Tai of the Malaysia Star who wrote an article — Veteran Otaku: How did an English lady get hooked on a Japanese phenomenon some three decades ago? OCLC’s new “Worldcat Identities” provides an overview […]

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Manga in the Global Information Society

Hey! I’ll be teaching a course in spring quarter on “What is the Global Information Society?” with my colleague, Miriam Conteh-Morgan. I’ve just written a post about it on my Japanese Studies blog – Spring Qtr: What Is the Global Information Society? Syllabus is here: http://is.gd/wHrp Manga is a good example, I think, of how […]

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Wi ‘09 Freshman Seminar plans

I will be teaching the freshman seminar again in Winter Quarter 2009.

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Lucky Star

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a front page article about Japanese anime tourists visiting the Washinomiya Shrine in Washimiya, Saitama Prefecture, because of its association with Lucky Star (らき★すた) by Yoshimizu Kagami (美水 かがみ). This caught my attention because Saitama is Ohio’s sister state in Japan!

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Is Manga Art? — Bijutsu Techo No. 876 (Feb. 2006)

BT No. 876 is a special issue on “Is Manga Art?”

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Propa-manga? Manga CVN 73 released in Yokosuka

Has anyone else been following the US Navy’s release of a manga entitled “Manga CVN 73” and commissioned from Japanese cartoonists? Here’s a news report about it– Cartoon is Navy’s envoy to anxious Japanese By Philip Ewing http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/06/navy_comicbook_061408w/ English and Japanese versions are available at: http://www.cnfj.navy.mil/Manga.html

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Discussing manga bibliography with Egami Toshinori of Kyoto U Library

Last month Toshinori Egami (江上敏哲), a rare book librarian at Kyoto University Library who has been visiting and cataloging rare books at Harvard-Yenching Library for the past year, came to Ohio State to see the manga collection in the Cartoon Research Library.

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