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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Vanity Press Release (First Ever! ^^;; ) 
20th-May-2008 04:00 am
Bookdreams
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.
Comments 
20th-May-2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats. :)
20th-May-2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Great subject.
20th-May-2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
What!! I didn't know you were getting a Masters! At NYU! Holy cow, congratulations.

I'm just curious... do you speak Japanese?
20th-May-2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Why thank you! I never mentioned to you that academia is my dream? ^_~ Yeah, I've been at NYU since Fall 2007 and will be getting my MA at the end of this calendar year, so I'll soon be applying to PhD programs. *crosses fingers*

My Japanese is rusty since haven't really had opportunity to use it in years, but at one point I did have a high level of competency in the language. (Not sure if or how it would come back now, alas. T_T )
24th-May-2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! Wish I could be there! =(

From what you told me, I'm still shocked at how people define manga now... Alas, alack, etc etc etc. Oh well.

Good luck!

PS: On a totally random note, I told my friend about how you taught me how to replace the sticker on a book. *cough cough* Very hilarious.
24th-May-2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
On a totally random note, I told my friend about how you taught me how to replace the sticker on a book. *cough cough* Very hilarious.

But have you *tried* it? That's the *real* question. XD
31st-May-2008 03:23 am (UTC)
*cough cough*

Well, I'm a stickler for my books; I always remove the stickers once I buy them... So I have none to try it on. YET.

I'll let you know the next time I get fooled into buying another worthless bound piece of crap! =D
31st-May-2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I'll let you know the next time I get fooled into buying another worthless bound piece of crap!

Handy rule of thumb: If everyone else is buying it, *you* shouldn't. ^_~
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