I'll be in Tokyo from October 5th to October 30th. I'm available for food, folks, and fun so hit me if anything apocalyptic (or otherwise) is going on. The ESPY Mission Objectives are still coming together, but I'm looking forward to lots of scowling hunched over my laptop in various places and running back and forth between Draft Two and the video rental shop. See ya down dere.
Attention all Laser Disc and Old Magazine Otaku! Here is the complete audio of my lecture last week as delivered at California State University at Monterey Bay. While some of this territory was covered before in my speech earlier this year at Temple University Japan Campus, there’s a lot of new stuff here (including sections on American fandom and Hating the Otaku Wave) in this one hour-long recording.
Disclaimer: this lecture is not really about The Drifting Classroom manga...
Perhaps I’m piling too many toppings on my pizza pie, but I’m crafting it to be a survey of various economic, sociological, and psychological interpretations of Japanese cartoons and comic books -- and their admirers -- that have arisen in the academy and elsewhere over the years.
While the attendance will be limited to CSUMB students, I’m told the event will be filmed and I’ll be capping the audio with my trusty ZOOM, so it’s bound to leak out one way or another.
Hear ye! Hear ye! The long-awaited fruit of the most recent, and certainly most wall-shaking, collaboration between Otaku USA and Weekly Famitsu is on sale now! The 9/24 issue of Japan's venerable TV Game magazine offers readers a trip through "Otaku World Culture" via the results of the 2009 Foreign Otaku survey and special contributions from the OUSA staff. The Famitsu spin machine is promising a thorough look at the "rich and realistic" lives of Western otaku and gamers. And since YOU supplied the raw data, this epic celebration of international-brotherhood-and-understanding is very much yours to enjoy as well!