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CJS Noon Lecture Series | Alt Manga, Queer Manga: Telling Our Own Stories

Erica Friedman, Independent Researcher and Founder of Yuricon
Thursday, January 19, 2017
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building Map
"Alt Manga, Queer Manga: Telling Our Own Stories" will discuss fan perception of anime/manga, online community building and how that lead to the creation and dissemination of alt- and queer-manga as successful genres.

This talk establishes the social and political landscape and market forces that brought about a rise in manga by and for gender and sexual minorities, both in Japan and the west. Starting with the days before the Internet, as fan communities developed and digressed, through through contemporary political shifts. This talk contextualizes the complex interplay of creators' desires to tell stories, fan interpretation of those stories and industry commercialization in regards to identification with and representation of sexual and gender minorities in manga and anime.

Erica Friedman writes the world’s oldest and most comprehensive blog on Yuri, lesbian-themed Japanese cartoons, comics and related media, at Okazu.yuricon.com. Erica has spoken about anime and manga across US, in the UK and Japan. She has written for Japanese literary journal Eureka, Animerica magazine, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and contributed to Forbes, Slate, Huffington Post, Hooded Utilitarian, The Mary Sue and Afterellen online.
Building: School of Social Work Building
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures