Monday, February 25, 2008

Frederik L. Schodt to Speak at USF on Tuesday!

February 26, 2008, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
USF Main Campus, Xavier Hall, Maraschi Room

The Anime/Manga Revolution: Osamu Tezuka and 'Astro Boy'
A public lecture by Frederik L. Schodt

In this illustrated presentation, noted Japan expert Frederik L. Schodt examines the art of manga and anime, the connection between fantasy robots and technology, and the lifework of Osamu Tezuka (1928-89), the pioneering genius of manga and TV animation in Japan. Tetsuwan Atomu, or 'Mighty Atom,' (known in the United States as 'Astro Boy'), is his life's masterwork because of the character's profound cultural impact. Befriended by Mr. Osamu, Frederik Schodt combines the pespectives of friend and cultural historian in assessing the growing significance of both anime and manga in his new Stone Bridge Press book, The Astro Boy Essays.

Presented by the USF Asian Studies Degree Program. Coponsored by the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim.