Seminar: Manga and Comics

©Keiko Takemiya

Time: September 27, 9.30 – 15.30
Place: Arsenalet, Parolesalen, Kasernevej 8, 8800 Viborg

Japanese comics have made a profound impression on Western popular culture. “Manga and Comics” will show why manga has had such an impact here and exactly how. The contemporary state of the art form will be traced back to its Japanese and Western roots, and comics artists and mangaka will discuss how inspiration from Japan and the West enriches their own work.

The seminar will be moderated by Danish TV personality Jakob Stegelmann and offer lectures from prominent researchers on manga – two from Japan, one German and one American – and “Manga Talks” with Western and Japanese artists.

Meet Keiko Takemiya, a legend of shojo manga – that is, manga for girls – who paved the way for frank depictions of homosexual love in manga form; Atsushi Kaneko, whose hallucinatory manga is pure pulp and rock’n’roll; Danish Karoline Stjernfelt, who tells stories of Danish royalty in a Japanese style; and more.

As for researchers, Kyoto Seika University lecturer Sookyung Yoo will discuss the international conquest of manga in the last 20-30 years, while Duke University teacher Ryan Holmberg will dig down to the roots of modern manga and find surprising links to the West in the form of, among other things, classic Mickey Mouse comics. Jaqueline Berndt, a Professor at Stockholm University, will give a big-picture account of the development of comics and manga together and apart, and Akiko Sugawa of Yokohama University will explore the role of anime as an extension of and gateway drug to Japanese comics.

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9:00 – 9:30
Light breakfast

9:30 – 9:45
Jakob Stegelmann – Introduction and practical info

9:45 – 10:30
Jaqueline Berndt – Lines of Affection: Comics and “Japan,” “Europe” and Manga

10:30 – 11:15
Ryan Holmberg – Butter-Stinking Manga: The American Influence on Japanese Comics

11:15 – 12:00
Sookyung Yoo – European manga artists: Is there a place for them in Japan?

12:00 – 13:00

13:00 – 13:45
Keiko Takemiya – ​Revolution of Shojo manga: pushing boundaries and European influences

13:45 – 14:15
Karoline Stjernfelt – Interview on depicting Danish history through the lens of shojo manga

14:15 – 14:30
Coffee break

14:30 – 15:15
Atsushi Kaneko – Interview on channeling Western pulp and excess in manga form

15:15 – 15:45
Matt Forsythe – Interview on manhwa, manga and “Adventure Time”

15:45 – 16:00
Jakob Stegelmann – Final remarks