Friday, December 28, 2007
In a sophisticated take on Tezuka's life and art, Schodt explores Astro Boy's immense cultural impact in Japan and overseas.
Frederik L. Schodt is without doubt the Western world’s leading authority on Japanese manga.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Beyond the ivy walls, you'll find the magic of Frederik Schodt's Manga! Manga!, first published in 1983, but not dated a whit. I met Schodt in San Francisco during my tour, just before his latest book, The Astro Boy Essays--essential and infectious accounts of the life and work of Osamu Tezuka--was released to coincide with the first overseas Tezuka exhibition.
In the same city, I also met Gilles Poitras, author of the Anime Companion series, illustrated guides to the "Japaneseness" of anime and manga that provide children and parents with a deeper appreciation of the cultural traditions embedded in the art.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
"I also have many memories of his extraordinary energy. He was always working or doing something, and it was often hard for much younger people to keep up with him. Once, in Florida, we had been working on a documentary, adhering to a typically inhuman schedule. The TV crew, which had flown from Japan, was exhausted, and I actually remember seeing a young man in charge of lighting for an instant fall asleep on his feet on the shoot (I had heard this was possible, but never actually seen it before, so it made a big impression on me).
"When the work was all over and everyone stumbled back to their hotel rooms exhausted, I remember saying goodnight to Tezuka. In the morning, when I met him, he handed me the manga pages he had been working on. It was extraordinary. He hadn't slept, and had completed about fifteen or twenty pages, with panels and balloons with dialog indicated in pencil, main characters penciled and inked, and directions for his assistants back in Japan to fill in the backgrounds. Some people find it hard to believe that Tezuka could do so much of his own work, but I can attest to the fact that he did. In terms of his productivity, he was super-human."
Monday, December 03, 2007
Brian Camp, co-author of Anime Classics Zettai!,
will be at Kinokuniya Bookstore's booth signing books and will also be at the
Anime & Manga Research Roundtable:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 8
Anime Culture Panel Room
Anime News Network's Mikhail Koulikov moderates an update on the current state of scholarship and academic research into all aspects of anime and manga. This panel will help you identify your own topics to research, introduce you to other scholars in the field, and maybe even help you publish your latest thoughts on why Neon Genesis Evangelion is the most incisive commentary on the current state of Western society ever. Panelists include Brian Camp, co-author of ANIME CLASSICS ZETTAI!, and professors from NYC colleges.
Josephine Yun, author of jrock, ink., will be joining forces with the totally awesome Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour. Come by the Rockstar Taste of Chaos booth on
Saturday December 8th
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meet Josephine Yun, author of "Jrock, Ink". Buy her book on the 40 most influential and important bands in the JRock scene and pick her brain on who you need to hear next. While you are at it, get an autograph.
Patrick Macias, co-author of Cruising the Anime City and editor of the sweet new magazine Otaku USA, will also be speaking on Saturday:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 8
Manga Panel Room
Join Patrick Macias, the editor of chief of OTAKU USA, as he gabs about the inner workings of the new bi-monthly magazine devoted to anime, manga, gaming, J-Pop, and cosplay. Other contributors to the magazine and special guests will be joining him for jokes, giveaways, and Q&A from you, the readers. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
Also, the gorgeously produced magazine Kansai Time Out features an excerpt from The Astro Boy Essays in its new issue! The cover includes classic Astro Boy imagery of the type featured in The Astro Boy Essays.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The San Francisco Chronicle's Jeff Yang features our Asian Folktales Retold series in his Asian Pop Holiday Gift Guide this year:
Heian, a division of Asian culture specialist Stone Bridge Press, offers a striking set of picture books translating some of Asia's most beloved traditional children's stories in its Asian Folktales Retold series; titles like "Vietnamese Tales of Rabbits and Watermelons" and "Indonesian Tales of Treasures and Brides" show an appealing tongue-in-cheekiness, while fanciful hand-painted illustrations depict the fables, yet leave plenty of room for growing imaginations.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This engaging book will be of wide interest to fans and pop-culture students; recommended for all collections.
Also, back in July, LJ ran a feature titled "Anime's Brave New World." It presented annotated listings of six Stone Bridge titles considered essential print resources: The Anime Encyclopedia, Anime Explosion!, The Anime Companion, The Anime Companion 2, Anime Essentials, and Watching Anime, Reading Manga. The feature is now online!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Meanwhile, "Jog - The Blog" posted an extensive review of The Astro Boy Essays, and The Comics Journal's Journalista blog posted a link to it.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Hot on the heels of a hugely successful appeareance at the new Bryant Park Kinokuniya Bookstore, Brian Camp, co-author of Anime Classics Zettai!, was the guest on Professor Doug Muzzio's CUNY TV program, "City Talk," this morning. Watch it online here!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
[Schodt] is perhaps the top English-language authority on the subject of the "God of Manga and Anime." Not only is [The Astro Boy Essays] an excellent resource on Astro Boy, but...it also serves as a biography on the life of Osamu Tezuka and a historical overview of the development of modern Japanese animation and comics.
Remember to RSVP for the special AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING with Schodt at the Japan Society of Northern California on November 14th!
The journals explore the inner man; they examine the appeal of being an "other" in Japan....Anyone who teaches about twentieth-century Japanese culture will find the Japan Journals an invaluable insight into the man whose life work it was to make Japan accessible to the west.
Kempf notes a number of Richie's books, and calls The Inland Sea "his most enduring work."
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
New Japanimation Season at the Barbican with Helen McCarthy and, on October 30th, Jonathan Clements!
Hold on to your hats, film lovers of the UK, it's time once again for Japanimation, a thrilling season of events exploring the relationship between Japanese animation and Western cinema at the Barbican in London! The last season of events -- also hosted by Helen McCarthy, co-author of The Anime Encyclopedia, and also pairing a screening of a hot anime film with discussion of the film's influences -- was a huge success, and this new season, with one event every month (except for December) through March, is even bigger and better!
The first screening, Romeo X Juliet (inspired by...well, not by King Lear) on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007, will be introduced by Helen McCarthy and followed by discussion with Jonathan Clements & the President of GDH International!
(the details for this event)
(the details for the series)
Friday, October 26, 2007
There are three November events with Stone Bridge authors at the new Kinokuniya! Here are the details:
"Lost Classics of Anime"
A visual presentation and booksigning with Brian Camp
Including historical commentary, and clips from films rarely seen or never released in the US!
Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
A reading and booksigning with Democracy with a Gun author and veteran international journalist Fumio Matsuo
Monday, November 12th, 2007
"JAPAN: Land of Rising Business Opporunities"
What you need to know
A must-attend mini-seminar with Business Passport to Japan authors Sue Shinomiya and Brian Szepkouski
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
All events at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore (note new location!)
1073 Avenue of the Americas
Across from Bryant Park between 40th & 41st Streets
New York, NY 10018
Presented by Kinokuniya Bookstore and Stone Bridge Press
We picked up MovieMaker because it contains Travis Crawford's review of Patrick Galloway's excellent guidebook, Asia Shock: Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Crawford writes:
Author Patick Galloway ...[brings] a level of keen insight to accompany his equally infectious enthusiasm for these films. His book emerges as an entertaining read for longtime devotees of Asian genre cinema and an outstanding primer for newcomers.
(read Galloway's comments on the review)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
In his long-awaited Astro Boy Essays, Schodt gives a concise and detailed introduction to the life, influence and significance of Tezuka in the history of Japan and the international comics world. ....All the material is presented in a format beginners can understand, but with enough details that even experts will find themselves learning more with every page.
"Voice of the Author Series"
The Japan Information and Culture Center
Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C.
Wednesday, November 7th
Copies of Democracy with a Gun: America and the Policy of Force will be available for purchase.
More info (PDF)
“The Japanese have long been fascinated by what Americans think of Japan, but what do the Japanese think of America? Fumio Matsuo, a veteran journalist, provides one answer in Democracy with a Gun. Matsuo comments on everything from U.S. history to the Iraq conflict, blending sincere admiration with honest critique.”
—Steven Vogel, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
"Frederik L. Schodt on Osamu Tezuka: The Astro Boy Essays"
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
500 Washington Street, Suite 500, San Francisco
5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Program
7:00 pm Book Signing
Free for Members / $5 Non Members
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Fortunately for us, Richie has not limited his attention to Japan. He has also been an inveterate traveler around the rest of Asia and beyond. Travels in the East, his latest slender volume, includes several essays and articles on his various destinations over the past 10 years. This is not a guidebook, though Richie's descriptions of what he sees and hears are eminently perceptive and useful to any traveler. Rather, his writings focus on the travel experience per se—the atmosphere, the overall "feeling" of a place, and above all how it affects him personally and inwardly. His unusual insight offers the reader a new and different perspective on what it means to be a traveler.
(read the review)
Lowitz hangs her poems on a frame work of Patanjali's eight limbs -- eight essential steps on the yogi's path....Any reader will recognize the moment when challenges are viewed as an opportunity to learn and grow.
(purchase the issue)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
MoCCA, 594 Broadway (map)
Anime Adaptations of Manga Classics
There's always been a special relationship between comics and animation in Japan. Speaker Brian Camp (Anime Classics Zettai! 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces) discusses the special challenges animators face in their adaptations -- including introduction of cinematic techniques and fidelity to the original manga work -- in this visual lecture. (event info)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
But according to some fairgoers, this year had lower attendance and less energy, an indication that Frankfurt is in decline, and with it the book publishing industry. E-media are to blame, of course. With digitalization of books we can save trees, petroleum, labor.
I've been hearing this gloomy prognosis for years, and I don't think we're any closer to it now. Electronic media are just another format to invigorate content. Big encyclopedias and dictionaries and travel guides may indeed migrate to digital form, but books will always be the best way to create self-contained worlds of imagination, opinion, and personal expression. In fact, next to the bland stew of infinitely malleable and assemblable digital content, books are almost a radical innovation: finite, focused, personal. I look forward to making more of them.
I've uploaded some photos from the Frankfurt trip. You can judge the size of Hall 8, for English-language publishers. There were 3 (or more?) other halls of this size devoted to other languages, children's publishing, comics, etc. No way to see it all. Somewhere (row N, stand 935 to be exact) the Stone Bridge Press booth had its home. There was a constant hum of traffic. We answered lots of questions and gave out information. And we met with some of our key publishing partners, such as Angela Reynolds (our agent in Barcelona) and (in a surprise visit) Julie Schaper of Consortium. There was also much serendipity, which may or may not turn into new SBP projects down the road.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Spent my first day at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 26 years, and much has changed. Not the size of the fair, however. The only thing larger than the Frankfurt Book Fair is the size of the platter of potatoes, sauerkraut, and sausages you can buy for lunch. We had some nice meetings with the friendly Yohan staff and with a number of our distributors and customers. Sonja Merz, our Far East sales agent, reports that our books continue to receive great interest in Singapore and across southern Asia.
Our new Shikosha design titles are a big hit: people love the look, the feel, and especially the very reasonable $16.95 price.
I had a chance to sit in the booth and observe the passing scene. Frankfurt seems to be as much about renewing contacts as it is about buying and selling. Yes, people come with business objectives in mind, but I am told that even after people retire from the industry they are inexorably drawn to Frankfurter just to wander the halls and say hi to old friends. I certainly saw a lot of that on the floor: one person stopped dead in her tracks as she recognized another and then reached for a big hug. Now, if only they could practice not doing that sort of thing in the crowded aisles!
Oh, and note to self: Next year, be sure to order tables, chairs, and lights to avoid what happened this year: standing in line at the furniture counter and then dashing out to the ATM to grab hundreds of euros to pay the charges for last-minute rentals (no credit cards accepted).
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Schodt explores Osamu [Tezuka] and one of his earliest commercial successes, providing readers with an in-depth look at the man and how he conceptualized, created, loved, and hated the series in all its different manifestations. ...He succeeds in this synthesis of pop culture, biography, and history. [more]
Friday, October 05, 2007
At astroboy.rightstuf.com, visitors can view the trailer of this fan favorite, download Astro Boy wallpapers and avatars, and listen to an exclusive interview with Frederik L. Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays, about the significance of Dr. Tezuka’s works worldwide, the differences between the Astro Boy manga and its anime adaptations, and Tezuka’s love-hate relationship with his best-known creation.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Cool banner designed by Cody Silfies!
Animation Insider has posted one of the most extensive interviews yet with Japan expert Frederik L. Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays. With Osamu Tezuka, Japan's "God of Manga," gaining more and more popularity in the West, the timing for this interview with one of Tezuka's main translators couldn't be better. In the interview, Schodt says:
Tezuka had a real gift for being able to communicate with people on an equal level. When I worked with him, I was always struck by the way he could communicate with small children--and adults too--from what seemed to be all walks of life. I think that he was genuinely interested in people, and that made them feel comfortable. They probably didn't realize it, of course, but when they were talking to Tezuka, he was also sucking ideas out of their brains for future stories.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles will be showing at a theater near you on September 19th as a part of the Anime Bento Festival!
Also, Warner Bros. is going to make a live action Robotech feature, produced by Tobey Maguire through Maguire Entertainment!
Schodt accurately documents the knowledge, experiences, and inspirations of a Japanese artist whose personal meditations have largely been out of the reach of Western readers....With engaging examples, meaningful analysis and excellent research, Fred Schodt offers readers a 360-degree perspective on the man whose nation calls him the God of Manga...
Thursday, September 13, 2007
On The Art of Robotech:
A visually arresting collection....Packed in the glossy 140-plus pages of [The Art of Robotech] are numerous images and insightful essays on the evolution of the show and the anime world over the past three decades.
On The Astro Boy Essays:
We're lucky to have Frederik L. Schodt, a long-time American friend and translator guide us to the world of Tezuka and his creation in [this] charming volume....Schodt's essays take us through the exquisite, beautifully crafted world of Astro and reveal the people, events and beliefs that shaped the Japanese master's world.
When I reviewed the Anime Encyclopedia last year I commented on how it was very good, but in serious need of an update. Well, now that update is here.
The additions and revisions serve to turn an extremely useful reference book into the single most essential anime reference book on the market.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Struggling with understanding modern Japan? Trying to make sense of news stories like this? We can't recommend Astro Boy Essays author Frederik L. Schodt's America and the Four Japans highly enough.
Buy it from Cody's.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
International Taiko Festival
The (39th annual) International Taiko Festival showcases the thundering power of taiko musicians from around the world. Under the guidance of Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, The San Francisco Taiko Dojo along with special guests, will perform traditional and contemporary drum rhythms, dance and martial arts.
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., San Francisco
When: September 15 at 2pm & 7:00pm and September 16 at 2pm
Phone: (415) 978-2787
Cost: $42 & $36, senior & student discounts available
Also, Heidi Varian's appearance on the radio show "Pacific Time" is now online!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Frederik L. Schodt On Henry Kiyama’s The Four Immigrants Manga: A
When: Thursday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. • Free
But Reservations Required at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (415) 565-0201 extension 12
Where: Hotel Tomo ( wheelchair accessible) 1800 Sutter Street at Buchanan (Japantown),
What: Manga authority and The Astro Boy Essays author Frederik L. Schodt has translated one of America’s first comic books, published in
The Four Immigrants Manga will be for sale at this event.Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Nihonmachi Little Friends, and Hotel Tomo
Teachers and others who enjoy the talk are encouraged to download the Four Immigrants Manga Study Guide (PDF) for free!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
read more here
(scroll down to SUGIURA under Nonfiction)