I don't know what I was expecting but I am very glad I went long to see Helen McCarthy at Streatham Library just this last Monday, the 15 September.
Japanese Stamps celebrating Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga!
Helen McCarthy came to see us, the SW2 Graphic Novels Reading Group but, very graciously, agreed to give a public talk at Streatham Public Library on manga, anime, Japanase culture and art and specifically on Osamu Tezuka. We saw some early short animations by Tezuka. I was particularly interested in Helen McCarthy's case for Osamu Tezuka introducing the cinematic 'tretament' to comic art. In Japan Osamu Tezuka is known as 'God of Manga' to anyone interested in manga. He is credited with making manga an artistic and commercial success.
If you missed Helen McCarthy's talk you can still catch her at the Barbican where she is curating a season of the films of Osamu Tezuka.
Alex Fitch was the M.C. and you should be able to catch a recording of Helen McCarthy's talk at Streatham Library on Resonsce FM, Elecrtic Sheep's site and Alex Ftich's comic site Panel Borders in the near future.
Also we will be reading Ode To Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka, later in the year. So if you didn't catch Helen McCarthy's talk at Streatham and are interested in manga but also the history of manga and anime and would like to read something by the founding father of the modern artform please go to Streatham Library and dec;lare "I am an Otaku and I claim a loan of Ode To Kirihito!"...
Or you could just join the library and ask for one of the copies of Ode To Kirihito we have put aside for the reading group.