On the Sirens Review Squad

My review of E.K. Johnston’s The Afterward (Dutton, 2019) went up at the Sirens website on Friday. I quite enjoyed the book and I always enjoy the opportunity to support Sirens, one of my favorite cons since I first attended in 2010. I’ll be in Denver for this year’s edition, and there is still plenty of time for you to join us.

Baruch College Manga Symposium + Mechademia 14.2

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.

Mechademia Minneapolis + 12.1, “Transnational Fandoms”

Thank you to everyone who attended Mechademia Minneapolis at the end of September, and especially to those of you who came to listen to and discuss my paper “A Children’s Empire: The Prewar ‘Media Mix’ of the Kodansha Club Magazines.” After also giving this presentation in Kyoto earlier this year, I think I’ve finally figured out the next steps.

In the meantime, I’m pleased to confirm that I’m serving as the guest editor for Mechademia 12.1, “Transnational Fandoms.” We’re in process on the issue now, and I think we’re putting together a strong volume expanding beyond the usual sites in Japan and North America. I look forward to everyone reading it when it’s published next year.

PCA/ACA 2018

Belatedly, I’m happy to say that I’ll be chairing a session and giving a paper at the PCA/ACA Conference in Indianapolis tomorrow. As part of “Comics and Comic Arts VII,” I’ll be speaking on “What Does the God of Manga Want with Anime? Re-Evaluating Tezuka in Manga History.”

I hope to see you there!

AHA 2018

I’m writing from the train on the way to Washington, DC, where I’ll be presenting on my research at the 2018 conference of the American Historical Association.

Specifically, I’m part of the Comics and History panel tomorrow afternoon, at 1:30pm in the Empire ballroom. My topic is “Don’t Fear the Gutter: Platforms, Formats, and Comics in Postwar and Postmodern Japan,” in which I speak about some of the conclusions I drew about the history of pop culture in my dissertation. I hope to see you there!

Sirens Conference 2017

On Wednesday I’ll be heading to Colorado for the 2017 Sirens Conference. I’m very pleased to be returning to Sirens, one of my favorite annual events. The theme this year, which is sold out, is Women Who Wield Magic.

I’ll be participating in two program items; the first is a panel, and the second is a roundtable discussion:

Becoming a Better Reader
Amy Tenbrink, Faye Bi, Andrea Horbinski
Edith Wharton once said, “When I first began to read, and then to write ghost-stories, I was conscious of a common medium between myself and my readers, of their meeting me halfway among the primeval shadows, and filling in the gaps in my narrative with sensations and divinations akin to my own.” This idea, that readers must meet authors halfway, implies that readers bear a certain amount of responsibility for the success or failure of their reading experience—and that, ultimately, reading itself may be a skill, something that a reader can improve with education, diligence, and practice. On this panel, four readers will discuss what it might mean to be a good reader and how one might become a better reader.

The Magical Girls of Anime and Manga
Andrea Horbinski
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.
 Justin Pava

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.