Brian Bergstrom is a PhD candidate in East Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago, where he is completing a dissertation examining representations of youthful criminals in Japanese literature and popular culture. His previous publications include an article on the proletarian woman writer Nakamoto Takako and translations of short stories by Hoshino Tomoyuki.
Lisa Blauersouth is completing her MFA in creative writing at Hamline University. She is an eclectic writer, with projects ranging from an ongoing webcomic called Godseeker, to weird short stories, to nonfiction and academic works. This is her first traditionally published work.
Aden Evens teaches philosophy, new media, and game studies at Dartmouth College. His current research explores the ontology of the digital, the ways in which digital technologies and the culture surrounding them defy expectations regarding the typical behaviors of worldly objects.
Andrea Horbinski is the editorial assistant for Mechademia. She was a 2007-8 Fulbright Fellow to Japan at Doshisha University in Kyoto, where she studied hypernationalist manga. She is a PhD student in history at the University of California, Berkeley.
Itō Gō is a manga critic and associate professor in the Department of Manga at Tokyo Polytechnic University. He is also a lecturer at Musashino Art University, Waseda University, and Amusement Media Sōgō Gakuin.
Paul Jackson is studying for his masters degree in film studies. His writing on anime has appeared on the Web site Midnight Eye.
yuka kanno received a PhD in visual studies from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include Japanese visual culture, discourse of the actress, and queer film criticism. She is working on a book about lesbian representation in Japanese cinema.
Shion Kono is associate professor of literature at Sophia University, Tokyo. He has published articles in the Journal of Japanese Studies, Monumenta Nipponica, Nihon kndai bungaku, and Shisō Chizu. He cotranslated Hiroki Azuma's Otaku: Japan's Database Animals (Minnesota, 2009) with Jonathan E. Abel.
Thomas Lamarre teaches East Asian studies, art history, and communication studies at McGill University. His books include Shadows on the Screen: Tanizaki Jun'ichirō on Cinema and Oriental Aesthetics, Uncovering Heian Japan: An Archaeology of Sensation and Inscription, and The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation (Minnesota, 2009).
Frenchy Lunning is professor of liberal arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, editor-in-chief of Mechademia, and codirector of Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits: Culture and Creation in Manga and Anime (SGMS), an annual workshop at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is preparing an exhibit on Tezuka Osamu for the Weisman Art Museum and is executive producer for Moving Walkway Productions.
Christine L. Marran is associate professor of Japanese literature and cultural studies at the University of Minnesota. She is working on a book on ecocriticism, philosophy, and the nonhuman in Japanese literature and film. [End Page 317]
Miyadai Shinji is professor of sociology at Tokyo Metropolitan University. In the 1990s, he became a leading social critic with his commentaries on youth culture and new religions, especially on enjo kōsai (compensated dating). He is author and coauthor of numerous books in Japanese, including Sabukaruchaa shinwa kaitai (Dismantling the subculture myth) and Nippon no nanten (Difficulties of Japan).
Miyamoto Hirohito is associate professor in the Department of Global Japanese studies at Meiji University. In addition to a series of essays on prewar manga, including studies of transportation in manga, of war and Norakuro, and the sources of Tezuka Osamu, he is coauthor (with Natsume Fusanosuke) of Manga no ibasho (Manga sites). He is the director of Nihon manga gakkai and has served on the planning committee for the Kita-Kyūshū Manga Museum.
Livia Monnet teaches Japanese literature, cinema, and visual culture; animation theory; gender studies; and comparative literature at the University of Montreal. Her essays on animation have appeared in Japan Forum, Science Fiction Studies, Mechademia, and book anthologies. She is writing a book on media installations by contemporary women artists.
Miri Nakamura is assistant professor of Japanese language and literature at Wesleyan University. She is completing her manuscript on the rise of the uncanny in modern Japan.
Matthew Penney is assistant professor of history at Concordia University, Montreal. His research focuses...