So last night I had the pleasure of attending the National Japanese American Historical Society's exhibit on Japanese-American comic makers, called The Many Faces of Manga. It was pretty cool to see a lot of different comics-- and a lot of different comic styles –from various Japanese Americans, including Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo, Willie Ito's work at Disney as well as his Hello Maggie!, Tak Toyoshima's Secret Asian Man, Lela Lee's Angry Little Girls!, Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve and others, and Bento Box by Deb Aoki-- whose name you probably recognize from her manga.about.com blog, and who invited me to the event as well as co-curating it (thanks for both, Deb)!
The event was also curated by Kenji G. Taguma of the Nichi Bei Times, who, by the way, are in the middle of their big art contest-- entries are due May 24th, so if you think you could make it (and those of you who aren't at Anime Boston or Fanime Con this weekend may want something to do between reloads of the Vice news page), here's the information. I know many of you keep asking for an art contest here, and we've got plans, but not immediate ones...so here's an outlet in the meantime. (Be sure to share your entries here if you can!) :)
Also on display at the event were Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga, the creators of an adorable webcomic called Nemu-Nemu. I'd seen art for the webcomic before and knew it was beyond all reasonable expectations for cute, but I'd never gotten around to reading it-- some of the strips are just plain hilarious! If you like your funny with a heavy dose of cute, be sure to hit up the webcomic's site and check it out. Oh, and if you're at Fanime this weekend, Furuichi and Yoshinaga have a booth for their KimonoKitsy Studios, and they'll be selling books and merch-- definitely stop by. Tell 'em Gia sent you. The first couple of you may have to remind them who I am though. <3
Oh, and if you're curious, the above image is the only one I took (I instinctively don't take photos at exhibitions, and it didn't occur to me until after I'd left that I should at least ask!...), and it's of the “Draw on Me” wall that was also part of the event, which was held at the NJAHS headquarters in San Francisco. Thanks for the invite, Deb-- it was a lot of fun!