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American Mangaka

American Mangaka
The way that many young Americans discover Japanese culture is through its cartoons and comics. While many Japanese people may be discovering American culture today through Disney, “Adventure Time”, and “SpongeBob” (all quite popular among my students), the same cannot be said for our comics. Japan has the world’s largest comics industry, and indeed, comics in Japan account for 40% of all... 

CAKE: The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

CAKE: The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Comics in the United States stand out among other art forms as a uniquely stigmatized medium. A simple Google search for “comics stigma” will yield blogs, news sites, and academic articles including the terms unnecessary social stigma, geek stigma, kid stuff stigma, and low status. It’s hard to imagine a major art form in the US advocating a day where you experience it in public to combat its... 

A Man in Sheep’s Clothing: An Interview with Michael Arthur

A Man in Sheep's Clothing: An Interview with Michael Arthur
I met Michael Arthur when we were a quarter-turn around the globe, studying abroad in the South of France.  The first work of art that I saw of his was an illustration of three anthropomorphic dog women showering naked in a waterfall.  Since then, I’ve watched him create comics and paintings about cults, cooking, alien ecosystems, and drinking.  What strikes me about Michael’s work... 
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