I’m delighted to say that my talk at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, KS has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 27. The title (too long as usual) is “Yes, No, Maybe So: Connections Between Japanese Prints, Anime, and Manga and the Stories We Tell About Them.” You can read the full talk description on the event page. I hope to see you there!
Thanks to everyone who came to my panel at CasaCon 2022 today! The con continues on Discord tomorrow and Sunday, and you can still register for free via Eventbrite.
I wanted to share the two videos that I played in my talk: the first, the dubbed opening of Astro Boy (the first comment is from someone who sang in the chorus for the song!); and the second, the footage from the 1982 meeting of the C/FO Los Angeles chapter. You can also read the article I wrote about early anime and manga fandom (in which I mistook Sandy, the Orange County C/FO chapter mascot, for Fanta, the LA C/FO chapter mascot. Whoops).
Now live from Mastodon
At this festive season of the year, I should be thinking about what kind of cookies to make next. Instead, I’ve been watching Elon Musk destroy Twitter in real time. I joined Twitter in 2012 with my legal name account, and even earlier with a private one; it sucks being driven off a real digital home by a redpilled billionaire who, to add insult to injury, isn’t even a good poster.
But so it goes, until and unless we raise the top marginal tax rate to 70% again, anyway. I’ve joined Mastodon, and I’m now @email@example.com. Eventually I’ll get around to deactivating my Twitter, and installing the social media widget for this site, but I figured I’d announce it here right away.
Wishing all of us a happier and better 2023.
I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be a panelist at CasaCon 2022 next Friday, December 16! My talk will be on “Early Anime and Manga Fandom in the United States” at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern (yes, I went with the longer title in the official schedule but clearly the shorter one is better).
You can see the full schedule for the event at the con website and register for free via Eventbrite. Hope to see you there!
Translation from 2B-dan in Mechademia 14.2
I’m very pleased to say that the current issue of Mechademia: Second Arc contains a translation by me of a chapter from a book written by Yonezawa Yoshihiro and Shikijō Kyōtarō, 2B-dan: Gindama sensō no hibi (1983; Squad 2B: The days of the silver ball gun wars), specifically Chapter 3, “Putting a Hand into the Fountain of Knowledge.” Yonezawa of course is justly famous for his involvement with Comiket from its foundation when he was a college student to his death in 2006, and for the posthumous archive of his personal collection at Meiji University. This issue of Mechademia is themed around “New Foundations of the Otaku” and I’m very pleased to have found a home for the translation here–there are many great articles alongside my own contribution.
I was tipped off to the existence of this book by a Twitter user who has since apparently deleted their account. Never let anyone tell you that social media is exclusively bad.
Review of Fandom, Now in Color at Strange Horizons
I was very honored to have the chance to review Rukmini Pande’s recent edited collection Fandom, Now in Color: A Collection of Voices for Strange Horizons, which has been my favorite magazine of speculative fiction for a long time. (Yes, because of the reviews.) It’s an important book that I think everyone in fan studies should read, and everyone who considers themself a media fan too. And I do recommend the entire special issue, dedicated to criticism, while you’re there.
Book review at H-Net Reviews
I’m pleased to say that my review of Japan’s Green Monsters: Environmental Commentary in Kaiju Cinema by Sean Rhoads and Brooke McCorkle is now up at H-Net Reviews. This was a pretty fun read, and it definitely gave me a new appreciation for the kaijû eiga genre. Now I’m off to watch Skull Island over the holiday break.
Beyond the PhD conference
I’m happy to say that I’ll be participating in the Beyond the PhD conference at USC later this month, on the “Intersectionality Beyond the Academy” panel and the “Media” roundtable. I hope to see you there!
The Journal of Anime and Manga Studies + a book review
I’m thrilled to announce that after years of work, very little of it done by me, the Journal of Anime and Manga Studies launched online this week. JAMS is an open access journal, which means you can read the whole thing online for free. Congratulations to Billy Tringali, the editor in chief, and to everyone else involved.
Included in the first issue is my review of the reprint of Adam L. Kern’s classic book Manga from the Floating World: Kibyôshi and the Comicbook Culture of Edo Japan. It’s very good to have this book back in print after so long, and I would definitely recommend it if you’re interested in the subject.
I’ll be participating in an AHA webinar on Friday, September 29th, with the theme of “Careers for Historians in the Tech Industry.” Registration is free and you can find more information on the AHA webpage.