Friday, June 29, 2007
Of course, our favorite thing Friedman says in the interview is this:
I found my publisher by word of mouth. Everyone I spoke with in Japan who knew something about the publishing world had good things to say about Stone Bridge Press, and about the publisher, Peter Goodman, in particular.
Book clubs and reading groups take note: it's easy to print out the interview and bring it to your next meeting!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I highly recommend The Haiku Apprentice. It is entertaining, educational, and inspirational. Nature writers will find much to think about and to try in their writing. Teachers will find some great ideas to use with their classes.
Monday, June 25, 2007
As we mentioned earlier, Gilles Poitras will be introducing an amazing film, Millennium Actress, at the San Francisco Public Library on Sunday, July 1. Here's some more info!
Location: Main Library Koret Auditorium
Address: 100 Larkin St. (at Grove)
Library Sponsored Public Program
Time: 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Featuring: Millennium Actress (2001; In Japanese with subtitles.) - Director Satoshi Kon has paid a wondrous homage to Japanese films in the form of an interview gone unusual. In this film, a documentary filmmaker visits a famous actress who retired at the height of her career. As they speak, they, and the cameraman, are transported back to the early 1930s when she started her career, to the movies she played roles in and the events Japan went through during the years of the war and the peace that followed it. Kon is very much an auteur whose movies not only reflect his vision of storytelling but delight and at times, confuse the audience. However, the confusion is intentional on the part of the director and is very enjoyable to the viewer. There will be an introduction by Gilles Poitras, a writer specializing in Japanese animation, who will cover some of the Japanese cultural elements in the film. Afterwards, there will be a question and answer session. Cosponsored by the International Center.
1:00-1:30 p.m. - Introduction
1:30-3:00 p.m. - Film Screening
3:00-4:30 p.m. - Q & A Session
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Harmony Gold USA
Saturday, June 30, 2007 5:30pm to 6:20pm LP2
Going for the seventh straight year. Harmony Gold staff discuss past,
present and future ROBOTECH projects, including FUNimation's
ROBOTECH - The Shadow Chronicles. Special guests TBA.
Friday, June 22, 2007
1. Book Signing
JACL National Youth Conference, Santa Clara University
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Immediately before and after the Closing Keynote Speaker (9:00-10:00am)
Proceeds from this Book Signing will benefit the Youth Conference.
2. Book Talk and Signing
Japanese American Museum - San Jose
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 294-3138
Gil's talk, followed by a book singing, will be held at the
Issei Memorial Building's backyard (565 North Fifth Street).
**This event will be outdoors.**
Proceeds from this Book Talk/Signing will benefit the
Japanese American Museum - San Jose
Please contact Pam Yoshida for more information on either event:
Thursday, June 21, 2007
For everyone who wished for an inclusive anime compendium that contained a large majority of the anime from Japan, here it is....a thorough collection....a weighty slice of media and cultural history that can be enjoyed on many levels.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The current email/issue of Flavorpill SF -- super-hip tastemakers extraodinaires -- features the Asian Art Museum's "Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga" exhibit, where Frederik L. Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays, will be speaking along with Stone Bridge author Gilles Poitras at the spectacular Blast-Off! event on July 7 (yes, that would be 07/07/07...) and signing books on July 21.
Check out the awesome Tezuka art featured in Flavorpill and get ready to get signed!
Friday, June 15, 2007
EyeOnAnime just reviewed The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised and Expanded Edition, by Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements. Be sure to check out the entire review, but here are some delightful quotes:
It’s very much an obsessive work which infects those who enter it as an intended 10-minute skim frequently turns into an hour of possessed absorption.
...ideal for those who love anime as a whole and are eager to find out more.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Imagi International Holdings Limited, the folks behind the amazing 2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, are still planning to release an Astro Boy movie by 2009. They are already working on a Gatchaman film for next year!
Their website recently posted a report on the new Tezuka exhibit along with a picture of Fred and Astro Boy. There is also a very intriguing image of Astro Boy underwater looking at other robots near an old shipwreck. Hmm...
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Forum airs on KQED 88.5 FM in Northern California from 9 to 11 am and can also be heard online and later as an archived podcast. During the live airing you can call in with questions at 415-863-2476 or toll free at 1-866-SF-FORUM (866-733-6786).
And because we like you, here is a cool Astro Boy that you can make for your very own! You can download the printable PDF, then cut and fold to make a papercraft boy.
Friday, June 08, 2007
After a busy night at MATCHA, Frederik L. Schodt and The Astro Boy Essays appeared this morning on Publishers Weekly's comics blog, The Beat, where Heidi MacDonald calls the book a MUST HAVE! It is available right now at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and will be in wide release in July -- pre-order your copy from Amazon right now!
Also of note, Nicole reviewed The Astro Boy Essays for the Asian Art Museum's Tezuka blog, writing:
About a quarter of the way through Fred’s new book, I discover precisely what it is that appeals to me and just about everyone else involved in a serious discourse about Tezuka:
To the uninitiated, it can be disturbing to see children’s characters act like their adult counterparts in Russian novels: to be introspective, to agonize, to commit acts of both good and evil, and to even die.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Even after 40 years of steady output, Tezuka kept producing more and was at work on several different titles when he died in 1989. His death, Frederik L. Schodt writes in "Dreamland Japan," "sent shock waves through nearly everyone under 50 in Japan. Most had been raised on his comics or animation and were still enjoying his latest creations for adults."
Schodt will be leading a tour of the exhibit and hanging out for the MATCHA event at the museum on Thursday, June 7. And the renowned DJ Tonk, direct from Japan, will be spinning. More info.
Frederik L. Schodt -- author of much-anticipated book The Astro Boy Essays -- was recently interviewed by SFGate's "Asian Pop" columnist Jeff Yang. Be sure to read the whole article, which focuses on Tezuka's electric humanism. Here's an excerpt:
"To Tezuka, robots couldn't do good or evil unless they're programmed by humans to be good or evil," says Schodt. "We're not hardwired: The power to decide to do good or evil is what makes us human."
Every single page of this book is amply supported by hand-drawn line art that illustrates the tools and their uses...[a] useful, introductory-level book...
It is the story of a literary and cultural voyage...one of those books that all practitioners of haiku should consider adding to their library.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Our favorite part of the story: "A TV anchorwoman wrote a kids book about the whale. (It was selling Wednesday on Amazon.com for 40 cents.)"
As of today, you can get a used copy of Humphrey the Lost Whale by Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall on Amazon for $1.86, or a brand-spanking new copy for SRP $9.99 anywhere and everywhere books are sold.
Read the Wired article
Watch Part 1 of 'The Marvel of Manga' on KRON
Watch Part 2 of 'The Marvel of Manga' on KRON