Akatsuka Fujio (1935-2008) was a pioneer of gag manga. He began his career as a shōjo manga artist, but in 1958, the success of Namachan would lead him to specialize in comic manga. He won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1964 for Osomatsu-kun and the Bungeishunjû Manga Award in 1971 for Tensai Bakabon.He established his own company, Fujio Productions Ltd., in 1965.
Anno Moyoko is the writer and illustrator of numerous manga, including Hataraki Man, Sakuran, Flowers and Bees, and Sugar Sugar Rune, which won the twenty-ninth Kodansha Manga Award for children's manga in 2005.
Linda H. Chance is associate professor of Japanese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Formless in Form: Kenkō, Tsurezuregusa, and the Rhetoric of Japanese Fragmentary Prose.
Jonathan Clements is the author of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade and Anime: A History of Japanese Animation.
Fujiki Hideaki is professor of cinema studies and East Asian studies at Nagoya University, Japan.
Patrick W. Galbraith holds a PhD in information studies from the University of Tokyo and is a PhD student in cultural anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of The Otaku Encyclopedia, Tokyo Realtime: Akihabara, and Otaku Spaces, and the coeditor of Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture.
Verina Gfader is an artist and researcher based in London and research fellow in cultural theory at University of Huddersfield. She is the author of Adventure-Landing: A Compendium of Animation.
Alicia Gibson holds a JD from the University of Colorado and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
G. Clinton Godart teaches at the University of Southern California. He received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago.
Hashimoto Yorimitsu is associate professor of comparative literature and culture at Osaka University. He is the author of Yellow Peril: Collection of Historical Sources and Yellow Peril: Collection of British Novels 1895-1913.
Ryan Holmberg is an independent writer specializing in modern and contemporary Japanese art and comics. He was the curator of Garo Manga: The First Decade, 1964-1973 at The Center for Book Arts in New York and is editor of two series of manga translations, Ten-Cent Manga and Masters of Alternative Manga, for PictureBox, Inc.
Hori Hikari is assistant professor of Japanese film and visual culture at Columbia University.
Mary A. Knighton is visiting assistant professor of Japanese at the College of William and Mary, and 2013-14 ACLS/SSRC/NEH Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Thomas Lamarre teaches in East Asian studies and in 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 [End Page 336] Inscription, and The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation (Minnesota, 2009).
Christine L. Marran is associate professor of Japanese literature and cultural studies at the University of Minnesota.
Natsume Fusanosuke is professor at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. He received the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (Special Award) in 1999 and has written extensively on manga, criticism, and theory.
Ōtsuka Eiji was born in 1958 and is from Tokyo. He graduated from Tsukuba University with a doctorate in design. He is a manga story writer and professor in the School of Progressive Arts at Kobe Design University.
Baryon Tensor Posadas is an SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at McGill University.
Renato Rivera Rusca is assistant professor at the School of Commerce, Meiji University.
Frederik L. Schodt is author of several acclaimed works on Japan and Japanese culture. He won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2000 for helping to popularize manga overseas. He was befriended by Osamu Tezuka in the late 1970s and maintained a close relationship with him until Tezuka's death in 1989. In 2009, the Japanese emperor awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his work.
Marc Steinberg is assistant professor of film studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He is the author of Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan (Minnesota, 2011).
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