MIT Prof Ian Condry to give special talk at Anime Boston, 5/25, 12noon

Anime Boston special guest, MIT Prof. Ian Condry will discuss the secrets of anime's global success & his new book “The Soul of Anime”

May 25 (Sat.), 12noon (book signing after), Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

MIT professor Ian Condry will discuss the surprising findings of his new book The Soul of Anime (2013) at a talk, Q/A and book signing at Anime Boston, New England's premier fan convention, on May 25 (Sat.), starting at 12 noon at the Hynes Convention Center. Among the highlights:

o Why is Japan, not the US, the source of an estimated 60% of the world's TV broadcast cartoons? (Hint: Astro Boy outdid Disney's best animations in one imporant way.)

o Why are grown-up oriented comics and animations more developed in Japan than in the US? (Hint: In 1954, US publishers fell for junk science; Japan's publishers didn't.)

o HOW did Ian Condry, a lowly professor, get the voice acting role of a lifetime in the anime series Red Garden? (Hint: Come to the talk to find out.)

In the multimedia talk, Condry will argue that the passion of fans produces a kind of collective social energy that was a key factor in anime's global renown. Moreover, anime provides a template for understanding contemporary social media, especially in the ways user-generated content and local social networking lie at the core of today's global media successes.

Condry's book is based on fieldwork in some of Japan's most important animation studios, including Madhouse, Ghibli, Gonzo, Aniplex, and Studio 4c. He attended script meetings, voice recordings, editing, and more, along with dozens of interviews with anime creators, producers, fans, and commentators in Japan and the US.

Condry's talk is open to anyone with admission to Anime Boston. Books will be available for purchase. Author signing to follow the presentation.

BIO: Ian Condry is a professor of Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been teaching since 2002. He is the author of The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story (2013) and also Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization (2006). He is the founder and organizer of the MIT/Harvard Cool Japan research project, which organizes talks, artistic events, and conferences aimed at exploring popular culture and globalization. He is also Chair of the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT. More info:

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