Manga University of New York (MUNY)
- To be announced soon!
The Manga University of New York (MUNY) offers a series of lectures on manga/comics by professionals, including artists, scholars, educators, publishers, translators, critics, and others who are engaged with manga from multiple perspectives. We hope to deepen the knowledge of the medium, industry, education, and culture surrounding manga in North American or other contexts in dialogue with the invited experts. We welcome everyone to participate and be a part of discussion while enjoying delightful meals and drinks available at RESOBOX!
The MUNY has evolved from and works in conjunction with MaRRN (Manga Research and Reading Network).
- Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Lauren Scanlan and Deron Bennett presenting on Ichi-F by Kazuto Tatsuta (Please RSVP here if you plan on joining us!)
The March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake upended the Tohoku area of Japan, causing meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant and devastating the surrounding region. Kazuto Tatsuta, then an aspiring mangaka, took an interest in the cleanup and restoration efforts, eventually joining them himself and documenting his experiences in the graphic memoir Ichi-F. What began as a brief “work report” eventually became a vital and rare public record of what is still an extremely secretive cleanup effort. In light of its historic importance and unique storytelling, Kodansha Comics decided that it was essential that Ichi-F be translated into English – but this is just the beginning of the story. Join Kodansha Comics editor Lauren Scanlan as she discusses the singular challenges involved with bringing Ichi-F to the English-speaking world.
- Friday, October 13, 2017 – Dr. Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase presenting on “Mother Horror in Japanese Shōjo manga”
Since its emergence in the 1950s, shōjo manga has functioned as a medium to mirror girl readers’ psyches. With fantasy as a weapon, young manga artists have explored new expressions of love, power and femininity, while shōjo horror manga have represented the dark regions of young girls’ hidden emotions and subconscious fears. A frequently occurring motif is that of mothers, who are often portrayed in metamorphosis, transforming into grotesque creatures, animals, and demons, threatening their daughters with their abominable presence. The presentation will discuss how, through horrifying representations of mothers, manga artists express girls’ fears toward their mothers as well as the idea of becoming mothers themselves. Manga works by artists such as Umezu Kazuo, Yamagishi Ryōko, and Hagio Moto will be examined.
Lauren Scanlan is an editor for Kodansha Comics, and has worked on many series including Akira: 35th Anniversary Box Set, Sailor Moon Eternal Edition, and Land of the Lustrous. She has an MBA in Localization Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), and has spent her career working in localization.
Eisner Award-nominated letterer, Deron Bennett knew early on that he wanted to work in comics. After receiving his B.F.A. from SCAD in 2002, Deron moved out to Los Angeles to pursue his career in sequential art. He quickly became a letterer and production artist with TOKYOPOP, but soon found himself returning to his hometown in New Jersey to raise a family. Since then, Deron has been providing lettering services for various comic book companies. His body of work includes Ichi-F, Attack on Titan Junior High, Cyborg 009, and Fairy Tail. You can learn more about Deron by visiting his website www.andworlddesign.com or following @andworlddesign on Twitter.