Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Schodt on SFGate

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:

...cultural historian Frederik L. Schodt's wonderful new book [is] an in-depth look at Tezuka's first and best-loved work.

"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."