The Global Appeal of Manga: Medium, History, and Aesthetics
Wednesday, June 5 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Japanese American Association of New York – 49 W. 45th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Admission: $15/$5 JAA members and students
Professor CJ Suzuki, Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Baruch College, The City University of New York (CUNY), is a renowned expert on manga’s cultural and literary significance. He will introduce the rich, longstanding tradition of Japanese comics (manga) that have been globally circulated in recent years and embraced by fans across different countries. At this event, he will discuss manga as a medium that is capable of narrating a nuanced story with its deliberate combination of images, words, and other visual/formal signs that sometimes even challenge the readers’ expectations. With a comparative view on Japanese manga and American comics, the talk offers a variety of visual samplings taken from several representative works of top-rated Japanese comics artists to make clear their aesthetic and formal innovations, the manga’s impact on society, and the relationship with visual media industries.
This timely and colorful talk on the global appeal of manga is open to the public.