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Japanese Manga Comic Symposium to Be Held at Pomona College

Japanese manga comics have swept the country. Manga is one of the fastest growing segments of the American publishing industry, and over the course of two years, sales soared from $60 million to $110-140 million. While manga used to occupy a few bottom shelves at the neighborhood Borders or Barnes & Noble, it now easily takes up a full wall—with shôjo girl, shônen boys, supernatural, and even horror manga all in full translation. Manga, the hottest trend in comic books in America, is related to Japanese anime with its stylized big-eyed characters.

On Friday, February 17, the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College will host the symposium “Marauding Rabbits, Starry-Eyed Girls, Battling Boys, ‘Ordinary Ladies’: Japanese (American) Manga in Review.” This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Stanley Sakai, the creator of the long running and highly successful samurai rabbit Usagi Yojimbo series, will provide a step-by-step demonstration of how a manga story is written and drawn. Also featured is Frederik L. Schodt, the premier scholar on manga in English and author of the seminal, Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics (1983) and Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (1986). Kinko Ito, professor of sociology at the University of Arkansas, will speak to the genre of ladies comics, its emergence in the 1980s to its newest trends in the 21st century. Matthew A. Thorn, associate professor at Japan’s only department of comic art at Kyoto Seika University and an expert on girls’ shôjo manga, will round out the program.

The symposium will be held from 1:30-5:30 p.m. in Hahn 101 (420 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont) and is organized by the Department of Asian Languages & Literatures; co-sponsored with Pacific Basin Institute. For further information contact Lynne Miyake at (909) 621-8931.

The Pacific Basin Institute is dedicated to expanding and enhancing comity and shared knowledge among the nations and cultures that face the Pacific. A valued study, media production and research center for the distinguished, PBI also offers books, film series and lecture programs to a general as well as academic audience. Since the turn of the past century Pomona College has been a leader in Asian Studies among American universities. Visit Pomona College on the web at www.pomona.edu .

Marauding Rabbits, Starry-Eyed Girls, Battling Boys, 'Ordinary Ladies': Japanese (American) Manga in Review

Friday, February 17, 2006

1:30 – 5:30 p.m. Hahn 101, Pomona College

Schedule

1:30 Introductory Remarks: Lynne K. Miyake (Department of Asian Languages & Literatures, Pomona College)

1:40 Introduction: Mage Macchione (Classics Major, Pomona College)

1:45-2:30 Frederik L. Schodt (Conference Interpreter, Translator, and Freelance Writer)

“The Manga Way”

2:30 Introduction: Tom Bayles (Japanese Major, Pomona College)

2:35-3:10 Stan Sakai (Manga Artist and National Cartoonists Society Award Winner)

“Creating Comics, Making Manga”

3:10 Introduction: Chen Jiang (International Relations Major, Pomona College)

3:15-3:50 Kinko Ito (Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Gerontology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

“Japanese Ladies' Comics: Now and Then”

3:50 Introduction: Julia Fields (Asian Studies Major, Pomona College)

3:55-4:30 Matthew A. Thorn (School of Cartoon & Comic Art, Kyoto Seika University)

4:30-5:30 Open Discussion

5:30 Buffet Dinner (hall outside Hahn 101)