UC Irvine Extension Offers New Courses on Manga & Anime

Mar 7th 2007
UC Irvine Extension Offers New Course on Manga & Anime
UC Irvine Extension Expands Its Anime Course offerings in Response to High Demand of Charter Course
IRVINE, Calif. – March, 2007 In response to the high demand of their charter course, “Manga & Anime Explosion: What, Why, How & Wow,” UC Irvine Extension is offering “Manga & Anime Explosion: Story Development, Marketing and Adaptation,” a follow-up course designed to help writers and artists finish developing their characters. Course work will focus on putting characters into compelling story arcs and creating the visually dynamic imagery for which anime and manga are famous. The course, held Tuesday evenings from May 8-June 5, 7-10p.m., supports a growing demand for courses that assist budding manga and anime creators.

Students will discover why Shojo and Shonen manga are more successful than most western comics at putting the reader “inside the story,” thus creating more audience involvement. They will go beyond their I-am list to enhance characters with three-dimensional qualities, incorporating facial expressiveness, body language, inner life, visual distinctiveness and effective use of dialogue. Visual layout and style will be addressed for artists, including how mangas visually frame actions to strengthen stories and exploit plot twists. Students will discover how to create rich, believable worlds for readers to explore like the manga-ka's do.


Guest speakers will include Dallas Middaugh, Associate Publisher of Del Rey Manga, Christine Yoo the co-writer of the English language adaptation screenplay for "Afro Samurai" and other buyers/executives from top manga publishing and anime companies.

Northrop Davis, the instructor, an accomplished screenwriter who has sold pitches — he subsequently wrote as screenplays — to Sony and 20th Century Fox, is also an expert in manga and has extensive contacts with Japanese comic publishers. He pitched the "Battle Angel Alita" manga series to FOX, which it acquired for James Cameron who is in production on the vfx-heavy film franchise. Davis will offer his expertise and experience to students, including advice on pitching projects to studios. He is currently co-producing a remake of the Japanese hit TV show, “TRAIN MAN,” with John Davis' production company.

The first course in the series, “Manga & Anime Explosion: What, Why, How & Wow,” starts on April 3 and is open to the public on the UC Irvine campus. “Manga & Anime Explosion: Story Development, Marketing and Adaptation” begins on May 8. The cost for each course is $225. To register for the courses or for more information, visit www.extension.uci.edu or call (949) 824-5414.

About UC Irvine Extension
As the continuing education arm of UCI, UC Irvine Extension is dedicated to providing a university-level learning experience for students, offering thousands of exciting courses and programs to local, regional, and global constituencies. UC Irvine Extension offers a rich array of academic and community programs to support a diverse audience, from a wide selection of academic programs to numerous campus activities. For more information, please visit www.extension.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine
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