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Manga and Anime

Lost in CCI readers are very welcome to attend a research seminar at King’s College London exploring the Japanese comic book and animation industries.

Entitled ‘Japan’s Manga and Anime Industries: Creativity and the Global Marketplace’, and taking place 1–6pm on Friday 16 May 2008, Room K2.31, Strand Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London, the seminar will look at the increasing popularity of manga and amime outside Japan, and unpick “the complex cultural and commercial logic of these industries, at once manifestly country-specific and globally successful”.

The seminar is organised by Dr Hye-Kyung Lee, who will also give a paper on manga ‘scanlation’, the adaptation or of texts by manga fans. Four further speakers will give papers: Andrew Osmond, freelance journalist and author of the upcoming book BFI Film Classics: Spirited Away (‘Anime: The Anti-Cartoon?’); Dr Rayna Denison, Lecturer, Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia (‘Advertising anime: Global-local advertising and the Tokyo International Anime Fair’); Yoko Ono, Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities, Oxford Brookes University (‘”Such stuff as dreams are made on”: Dystopian vision of the future in Japanese manga and anime’); and Emma Hayley, Director, SelfMadeHero, Metro Media Ltd (‘Manga in the UK: Can manga reinvent Shakespeare?’).

The seminar venue is located on the first floor of the King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London. Further details and a map are here. Please ask at reception for directions. For further information please contact Dr Hye-Kyung Lee ( or Silvio Pezzana ( If you would like to attend, please just send an email to

The seminar forms part of an ongoing series of research symposia on Asian cultural industries at the King’s College London Centre for Cultural, Media and Creative Industries Research. It is organised in partnership with the Creative Industries Observatory.

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