In belated updates, I wanted to thank everyone who attended the Baruch College Manga Symposium: Untold History of Japanese Comics in April. I spoke about “Norakuro and Friends: The Rise, Fall, and Triumph of Children’s Manga, 1916-1957.” Anne Ishii, the English translator of Gengoroh Tagame’s My Brother’s Husband, spoke about “From Niche to Mainstream: The Crossover Success of Gay Manga.” I want to thank Anne for a fascinating talk and also Prof. C.J. Suzuki for organizing the symposium and inviting me to take part in it. Hopefully I’ll be back in New York City soon.
In the meantime, I’m happy to confirm that I’ve agreed to guest edit Mechademia 14.2, a general issue–we’ll come up with a snappy title based on the submissions we receive. 14.2 is scheduled to be published in 2021; in the meantime, the CFP for this year’s issues, “Queer(ing)” and “Soundscapes,” are open until 1 July 2019.