May 28, 2007

It may be a long weekend, but manga marches on.

It has kind of an awful Frankenstein headline, but this piece in the Contra Costa Times by Robert Taylor has an unimpeachable primary source, Frederick Schodt, author of Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan. Taylor talks to Schodt about Osamu Tezuka as a means of introducing the Tezuka: Master of Manga exhibition, which opens Saturday in San Francisco at the Asian Art Museum:

“‘I think it’s to the museum’s credit to reflect the modern age,’ he says. ‘Comics have such an effect on the world, and in Japan Tezuka is god of manga. He was the founder of the modern Japanese comic format, the long, narrative story. There are lots of comic artists who are famous in Japan, but no one has reached his stature.’”

The piece is accompanied by a glossary.

Minnesota Public Radio’s Euan Kerr interviews Frenchy Lunning, editor of Mechademia, about the Shojo Manga: Girl Power exhibition hosted by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design through June 29.