The time has come to announce my next big writing project for the New Year and the follow up to my 2006 Japan-only book OTAKU IN USA. Mark your calendar for winter’07-spring’08, because this is the tentative publishing date in Japan for:
AMERICAN OTAKU PEOPLE RETSUDEN
("Fierce Legend of American Otaku People")
OTAKU IN USA covered 50 years worth of Japanese pop cultural history in America. This book aims to zero in on the lives and lifestyles of Americans that helped turn a handful of foreign cartoons and comic books into today’s invasion of anime and manga. Spliced between interviews and profiles of fans and professionals will be dialogues between co-author Matt Alt and myself about how Japanese pop culture (ala anime, manga, music, film, what have you) has changed countless lives in the USA, including our own, for the better and for the worse.
There’s already a short list of folks we plan on contacting for interviews and such, but WE NEED MORE PEOPLE. Consider this a casting call for any fan or pro who thinks they deserve truly Legendary Otaku Status.
It could be because you have a Naruto tattoo, legally changed your named to “Eva Unit 01,” or simply because you live in a room filled with approximately one million wall scrolls and plushies. This is solid gold. By contrast, just liking Japanese pop culture or being a part-time cosplayer isn’t enough. Your whole lifestyle has to have been irrevocably and dramatically altered in some way. On the other end of the spectrum, we are also looking for professionals, academics, heads of state, and really together people for whom anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture have provided an inspiration. Men, women, adults and children of all races and creeds are encouraged to reply (the only stipulation is that you have to be an American citizen). Either way, the more dramatic your tale of otakudom is, the better!
If you think you have what it takes to impress increasingly jaded Japanese people, or would like to recommend someone who does, by all means send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In return, you'll get a free copy of the book and a chance at noterirty and infamy in Japan. And if you’d also like to spread this casting call to other message boards, blogs, and websites, by all means don’t delay, do it today.