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Minneapolis College of Art and Design Offers Anime & Manga Workshop

posted on 2002-08-07 22:04 EDT
Why have manga and anime become such an international phenomenon?

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design will be offering a weekend workshop delving into Anime. The workshop is led by noted Anime scolar Susan Napier.

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There are now many of us who have developed a profound interest in the comics and animation of Japan. These manga and anime are typified for non-otaku by big-eyed schoolgirls and the massive mobilesuit, and of course many of our most beloved works include those characters. But it occurred to those of us at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, that it was time for us to look deeper into these rich and varied art forms to discover the history, the creative process, and the cultural meanings embedded in these powerful works. From the densely layered pastiches of FLCL to the gorgeously gothic tales of Boogiepop Phantom, the range and complexity of these works begs a more intense investigation.

SCHOOLGIRLS AND MOBILESUITS: CULTURE AND CREATION IN MANGA AND ANIME is the result of our efforts. After an eventful and very lively and fun-filled first workshop last year, we decided to continue the event. The weekend workshop (September 27-29, 2002) will be a combination of lecturers from academics and artists and screenings of hard-to-get anime. Our speakers will lecture and discuss works familiar to manga and anime otaku, and increase our understanding and appreciation of these works. It will be a weekend of discussion, films, and a new addition: the Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits Fashion Show. It will be possible for you to get a college credit online (high school students and adults are invited to apply) for this event.


Press Release:

Schoolgirls & Mobilesuits: Weekend Workshop

Sept. 27-29, 2002

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Why have manga and anime become such an international phenomenon? The Minneapolis College of Art and Design will offer a look at the history, creative process and cultural meanings embedded in these graphic comics and gritty, highly stylized animations typified by big-eyed schoolgirls and the massive mobilesuit.

The weekend workshop will be a combination of lectures from academics and artists, as well as film screenings of hard-to-find anime. New this year is the Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits Fashion Show. All workshop events will take place at MCAD, 2501 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis.

Workshop Schedule:

• Friday, Sept. 27

7 p.m. - Midnight: Includes opening remarks and film screenings.

• Saturday, Sept. 28

10 a.m. — 11 p.m.: Includes lecture sessions, lunch and dinner breaks and film screenings.

• Sunday, Sept. 29

10 a.m. — 3 p.m.: Includes lecture sessions, lunch break and Masterclass drawing session.

Speakers will include: Dr. Susan Napier, University of Texas; Phil Anderson, Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Dr. Marc Hairston, University of Texas at Dallas; Dr. Frenchy Lunning, Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Dr. Masami Toku, California State University, Chico; Dr. Wendy Suiyi Wong, York University, Toronto; Brian Ruh, Webmaster at animeresearch.com; and Erik Lervold and Ke Jiang, comic art students at MCAD.

An all-access pass, including admission to all lectures, film screenings and the fashion show is $69. For $602, registrants will receive one undergraduate college credit.

Register online at www.mcad.ed/anime or call MCAD Continuing Studies at 612-874-3765.

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