What You Need to Know:
- Celebrated writer, translator and conference interpreter Frederik L. Schodt will be a guest at this year's Otakon event, which takes place in Washington D.C. He has won numerous awards, including the Asahi Shimbun’s Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (special category) in 2000, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Manga Award, (special category) in 2009. His best known works on manga include Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics(1983), Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (1996), and The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution(2007). In addition to his original writings, he is an active translator and has worked on many well-known manga series, as well as novels, including Yoshiyuki Tomino’s ;Mobile Suit Gundam Trilogy. Most recently, he has translated collections of animator Hayao Miyazaki’s writings (Starting Point: 1979-1996; and Turning Point: 1979-2008, with Beth Cary) for Viz Media.
- Another notable figure attending the event is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S., Ronald Kelts. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC. Recently, Kelts delivered lectures for TED Talks in Tokyo and The World Economic Forum in Tianjin. He is currently a 2017
Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he is working on a new book. He lives in Tokyo and New York City. Kelts writes for several publications, such as: The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, among many others. He also acts an authority pertaining to contemporary Japanese culture and media.
- To know more about these talented gentleman, be sure to grab your ticket and head on out to Otakon this year! Don't miss out!
Source: Official Press Release
The guest list at Otakon this year just keeps getting bigger and bigger! It's crazy just how many talented artists will be in attendance!
Hopefully I'll be able to get an opportunity to chat with one of these guys and get some inspiration from them!