Mechademia 2017

Somewhat belatedly, I’m happy to say that I’ll be speaking on manga and science fiction tomorrow at the 2017 Mechademia Conference in Minneapolis.

You can view the full schedule online; my talk “Manga: A Science Fictional Medium?” is scheduled at 9:45am on Saturday. The conference starts at 5pm today and registrations are still available, so please join us!

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Crunchyroll Expo

Despite some shenanigans, I’m looking forward to attending the inaugural Crunchyroll Expo in Santa Clara this weekend. You can find me and my frequent collaborator Alex Leavitt at the con on Saturday: starting at 10:45, we’ll be presenting a newly updated version of our panel “Anime in Academia: An Introduction to Anime and Manga Studies.”

I hope to see you there! You’ll know me by the Yuri on Ice ita bag.

Sirens 2017

First things first: I’m speaking on the early history of manga at the Crunchyroll Expo in Santa Clara later this month. I’ll post again when I have full schedule details; tickets are available now.

Second: I’m delighted to say that I’ll be bringing anime and manga content to the Sirens Conference in Vail, CO in October of this year with the roundtable “The Magical Girls of Anime and Manga.” From the description:

The anime and manga genre of magical girls has a rich history of girls wielding magical power with fashion, friendship, and heart. In this roundtable, we’ll review our favorite magical girls from famous to unfairly forgotten, and talk about why and how anime, manga, and magical girls work so well together.

Sirens is one of my favorite conferences–I’ve attended all but two years of its eight years so far–and while I’d love to invite you to attend, this year it is already sold out. Still, if the conference themes sound like you’d be interested, you should totally keep it on your list for the future.

Finally, I have posted the Sirens fanvid playlist I made for last year’s con.

Anime Expo 2017 and PhD

I was so caught up in finishing my dissertation that I neglected to announce that I have earned my PhD. I filed and graduated last month; “Manga’s Global Century: A History of Japanese Comics, 1905-1989” will be available on ProQuest in the near future.

As for me, I will be at Anime Expo in the very near future. I’ll be speaking in the academic track at 5pm on Monday July 3, on the topic “Researching the History of Manga: 1970’s – We Want to Revolutionize…,” an expansion of my April talk. (I’ll probably change the title on the actual slide deck.)

Many thanks to everyone who supported me in the PhD process. I hope to have more news on the publication front, and others, soon.

Conference season

It’s that time of the year again, and I’m afraid that I’ve been remiss in posting about some of my appearances. In reverse order, they are:

  • UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies graduate conference: I’ll be speaking at 15:50 this Saturday, April 8, about the history of shojo manga, specifically “Something Postmodern Going On: The Queering of the Manga Sphere in the 1970s.”
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies: My professor Abigail De Kosnik and I spoke in Chicago two weeks ago about our oral history project about fandom on the internet, specifically “Historicizing Fandom’s Queerness: Conflicts over Sexual Content in the Early Years of Internet Fan Fiction Communities.”
  • Japan Ahead conference at UC Berkeley: I was part of an extremely distinguished group of panelists assembled for “Area Studies Under Threat: How Will Japan be Taught in the Years Ahead?” at the end of February.

Many thanks to the people who attended the previous two panels. If you can’t make it to the conference on Saturday, I’m hoping to be able to talk about the same topic at Anime Expo and DragonCon later this year.

Global Comics exhibit at Doe Library

This spring I was one of the collaborators on putting together materials for the exhibit “Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics,” on view now at Doe Library through March 2017. Japanese subject studies librarian Toshie Marra and I spent an enjoyable few weeks arguing over what constituted “manga” and notable examples of it; the results are on view as part of the exhibit and constitute an extremely abbreviated tour of my dissertation.

There’s also an opening reception tomorrow night, October 14, at 5:00pm in the Morrison Library. I hope to see you there!

Around the internet: Interview, roundtable, write-up

After teaching a rather intense summer course, I’m trying to get back into the swing of writing. In the meantime, I’ve recently made several appearances elsewhere online.