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What Can Videogames Teach Us about Manga and Anime?

Date & Time:
September 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gallery Hall, TFDL
Ben Whaley, Assistant Professor of modern Japanese literature and popular culture in SLLLC

Brought to you by the Nickle Gallery as part of the Nickle at Noon Series of Talks
The usual narrative about modern Japanese popular culture locates its origins in postwar manga (print comics) and animation, with videogames often being left out of the discussion. This talk will reintegrate games into the history and evolution of Japanese visual culture by tracing the impact of manga artists and techniques on early videogame development in Japan, and by showing how Japanese games have served as a vehicle for showcasing aesthetics such as “Superflat” and moe.



Ben Whaley is Assistant Professor of Japanese in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary. His research examines discourses of race, ethnicity, and national identity in postwar manga and issues of trauma and recovery in Japanese video games. Ben holds a Ph.D. in modern Japanese literature and popular culture from The University of British Columbia. His articles appear in the International Journal of Comic Art and Games and Culture.