‘Manga Vision is a diverse collection of fascinating insights into the cultural impact and use of manga both within Japan and overseas. A wide range of accessible, but carefully researched contributions, cover key aspects of the broader uses of manga by various communities, as well as an in-depth examination of the distinctive language and communication properties of manga and implications for pedagogy, multimodal research, and translation. An ambitious collection, but the result is a highly readable and thought-provoking book.’ Craig Norris, University of Tasmania
Manga Vision examines cultural and communicative aspects of Japanese comics, drawing together scholars from Japan, Australia and Europe working in areas as diverse as cultural studies, linguistics, education, music, art, anthropology, and translation, to explore the influence of manga in Japan and worldwide via translation, OEL manga and fan engagement.
The volume includes a mix of theoretical, methodological, empirical and professional practice-based chapters, examining manga from both academic and artistic perspectives. Manga Vision also provides the reader with a multimedia experience, featuring original artwork by Australian manga artist Queenie Chan, cosplay photographs, and an online supplement offering musical compositions inspired by manga, and downloadable manga-related teaching resources.
Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou is a lecturer in Japanese Studies at Monash University. She holds a PhD in Japanese applied linguistics, has authored a number of articles in this area, and the book Online Communication in a Second Language (Multilingual Matters, 2012). She has previously worked with Cathy Sell on the translation of an art exhibition catalogue.
Cathy Sell holds a PhD from Monash University where she currently teaches translation and Japanese. She is a NAATI accredited professional translator specialising in fine arts and popular culture. Her primary research interests relate to multimodal communication, including the translation of art exhibitions, manga, and other multimodal forms of communication.
Queenie Chan was born in 1980, and is an artist who specialises in OEL manga. In 2004, she began drawing a three-volume mystery-horror series called The Dreaming for LA-based manga publisher Tokyopop. Since then, she has collaborated on several single-volume manga with best-selling author Dean Koontz, with their books reaching the New York Times Best Sellers list. Small Shen, her prequel to Kylie Chan’s best-selling White Tiger fantasy series, was published in late 2012. Queenie’s website is /www.queeniechan.com/.