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To Terra's Takemiya, Trina Robbins to Hold Joint Talk (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Female artists discuss craft in Japan/U.S. museum exhibit's opening event

Keiko Takemiya, the shōjo and science fiction manga creator of Kaze to Ki no Uta and To Terra (Terra e...), is holding a joint talk with fellow pioneering comic creator Trina Robbins in Kyoto on December 17. The talk will launch the "Comics o Kaku Josei-tachi ~America no Josei Artist-tachi no 100-nen-ten" (She Draws Comics: 100 Years of America's Women Cartoonists) exhibition at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Not coincidentally, the museum is affiliated with Kyoto Seika University, where Takemiya heads the first university manga department established in Japan.

Robbins is one of the earliest female creators in the field of underground comics, and she has been drawing comics for the past thirty years. She also wrote the book From Girls to Grrlz : A History of Women's Comics from Teens to Zines and adapted the B.B Explosion, From Far Away, and Godchild manga into English for Viz Media. Takemiya and Robbins will discuss how the 1970s were a turning point not only in their own personal work, but for Japanese and American comics by female artists in general.

The exhibition, which is co-sponsored by the Josei Manga Kenkyū Project (Women's Manga Research Project), will run at the museum until February 28. As the curator, Robbins originally put together the exhibition in Germany in 2001 and then took it to the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City in 2006.

The talk is tied to "Comics Worlds and the World of Comics: Scholarship on a Global Scale," the first international conference by Kyoto Seika University's International Manga Research Center. The conference includes manga scholars, translators, and creators such as Robbins and Christina Plaka.

Source: Comic Natalie

Update: Robbins has actually been publishing comics for 43 years. Thanks, Moomintroll.

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