I will be presenting an academic paper at The 6th International Conference on the Book
in Washington D.C. this coming October titled, "Paratexts in Translation: Reinterpreting 'Manga' for the United States." The abstract is available here
. (Pardon the academese.) Basically, I'll be talking about the industry-wide adoption of the so-called "Tokyopop size" and the effects it's had both on growth in the field and how Americans understand what manga is. The paper is not pitched for insiders, obviously, and there's really only one claim I make anywhere that I think is particularly debatable.
In any case, I know the chances of anyone I know being there are going to be slim, and the chances of anyone paying (approximately $800, or $500 for students) to register for the conference expressly to see me slimmer still. But hey...might as well put a call for moral support out there anyway. And if you're reading this entry, do feel free to spread the word!
Maybe then I'll actually have an audience.