The Great War exhibit in Thompson Library Gallery through Sept 7 — includes manga sugoroku!

An exhibit in Thompson Library’s Gallery on World War I includes two examples of manga sugoroku (board games) from that era (published 1915-17)! See a short video and my post on the Info-Lit Toolkit blog: BLOG: Visual Culture: Japan & the Asiatic Theatre. VIDEO: Sugoroku: Japanese Board Games of the World War I Era Note: […]

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Ohio State’s manga collection size

I’ve posted about growth of the manga collection before, but had some questions about this recently.  So here’s an update! Annual figures for volumes/issues (item records) of Japanese language manga cataloged as part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum since 1999 are below.  Records for these works are all available in the Ohio […]

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What signs indicate that a manga will be ending?

Ken Yasumoto-Nicolson of What Japan Thinks has posted results of a Goo Ranking survey of manga readers in Japan: You know a manga series is coming to an end when… The poll was conducted by goo Research monitor group, with over half of the respondents in their 30s and 40s. Also, over 60% were female. […]

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Manga Collection Development Policy

Change is coming for users of Ohio State’s manga collection!   A new Manga Collection Development Policy has just been developed, creating two collections: Manga in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.  Complementing the primary collecting areas of the BICL&M, the manga collection focuses on manga magazines and newspapers, original artwork by manga artists, and translated […]

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MCAA Panel at Ohio State: Manga in Libraries

Tomorrow morning I will join colleagues from CIC universities for a discussion of manga in libraries in a special session of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. Below I am posting the schedule and our proposal text. Among other things we will be discussing our engagement with students and scholars using manga for teaching, learning, […]

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Autumn quarter begins at Ohio State!

Tomorrow will be the start of Autumn quarter at Ohio State and the first meeting of this year’s freshman seminar, “Analyzing the Appeal of Manga.” I posted the syllabus as a page on this blog. This will be the sixth time I teach this course. This year’s seminar is quite different from the previous ones, […]

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Hagio Moto — Iguana Girl Turns Manga Legend

Japanese Book News No. 63 (Spring 2010) has an article, Iguana Girl Turns Manga Legend, by Kawakatsu Miki about the famous shojo mangaka, Hagio Moto. The Ohio State University Libraries has strong holdings of Hagio Moto’s works. So far not much has been translated into English — we have A, A´ = A, A prime. […]

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Analyzing the Appeal of Manga Club and Cosplay Club in The Lantern!

October 13th’s Lantern carried an article by Katie Vitek about the Analyzing the Appeal of Manga Club (AAMC):OSU Student Club Explores Graphic Novels October 28th’s Lantern has another article by Katie Vitek about the Cosplay Club:OSU Students Play Big Roles in Cosplay Club I serve as faculty adviser for both clubs. AAMC was initiated by […]

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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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