Helen, Back at Anime!

Helen McCarthy is back at Anime! In 2010 she spoke about her books about Hayao Miyazaki and did a workshop on Cross Stitching.
This year, Helen will do a talk about the history of Cosplay in Japan and the rest of the world.
We've also managed to get Helen to give you a workshop on how to write Haiku and a talk about Kawaii!

Who is Helen McCarthy?

We'll let Helen's Blog introduce her:
Hello, I’m Helen McCarthy.
Other Helen McCarthys are available from other providers. There are a lot of us about, including a history PhD in Cambridge, a local historian in Gloucestershire, an aboriginal artist in Australia, a Disney Imagineer in the States, a law professor in Belfast and a winemaker Down Under. But you clicked this page because you want to know more about me, not my interesting namesakes, so here’s a brief and incomplete history. (I’m a work in progress, though sometimes progress seems the wrong word … )

I write and talk about Japanese animation, comics and pop culture.  I also design needlework and make clothes – I’ve loved researching and re-creating historical dress since I was a little girl. I was born in a large, noisy, creative Irish immigrant family in a small town in the North of England, and educated in a convent by a wonderful and terrifying French order of nuns. My  grandmother taught me to embroider when I was four years old. Then, I  just loved creating beauty. Now, I see counted thread embroidery as a logical crossover point between ancient craft traditions and the mass-production aesthetic that permeates even ‘fine’ art today.

I still remember the thrill of realising that I could actually read by myself. According to my mother, that was just before my third birthday. I was about ten when I realised I could read for the rest of my life and never run out of books – a fact that continues to give me the most enormous satisfaction. I first became aware of science fiction and fantasy as distinct genres around the same time, and this eventually led me into the world of  conventions and conrunning, a much more demanding, but less irrational and more humane, form of teamworking than is generally found in business or public service.

I was a teenager when I first visited London and fell in love with the city. I now live there with my partner, an artist. We jointly maintain a home for fallen books, toys and films, and rarely turn away needy cases, even though our house (which aspires to be a shoebox when it grows up) is bursting at the seams.
Despite being within sight of the glittering towers of the financial district, we’re on the edge of a park and are regularly visited by squirrels, magpies, finches of all colours, hedgehogs, foxes and even, on one memorable occasion, a badger.
When not working, I love to read, cook, eat, talk and travel.

Helen's Works

  • Manga Manga Manga, A Celebration of Japanese Animation at the ICA pub Island World Communications (London) 1992. ISBN 0 9520434 0 8
  • Anime! A Beginners Guide To Japanese Animation pub. Titan (London) 1993. ISBN 1 85286 492 3
  • The Anime Movie Guide: Japanese Animation since 1983 pub. Titan (London) 1996 ISBN 1 85286 631 4
  • The Erotic Anime Movie Guide (with Jonathan Clements) pub Titan (London) 1998 ISBN 1 85286 946 1
  • Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation pub Stone Bridge Press (Berkeley, CA) 1999 ISBN 1 880656 41 8
  • The Anime Encyclopedia: Japanese Animation since 1917 (with Jonathan Clements) pub Stone Bridge Press (Berkeley, CA) 2001 ISBN 1 880656 64 7; 2nd edition 2006, ISBN 1 933330 10 5500
  • Manga Heroes and Villains pub Collins & Brown (London) 2006 ISBN 1 84349 234 3, Barron's Educational (USA) ISBN 9780764132018500
  • Essential Anime You Must Own pub Ilex (Lewes) 2008, ISBN 9781905814282, Collins Design (USA) 2009, ISBN 978-0061474507
  • Manga Cross-Stitch: Make Your Own Graphic Art Needlework, pub Ilex (Lewes) 2009, ISBN 978 1905814510, Andrews McMeel (USA) 2009, ISBN 978 0740779657
  • The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga pub Ilex (Lewes) 2009, ISBN 978 1905814664 Abrams ComicArts (USA) 2009, ISBN 978 0810982499
  • 2010: winner of a Harvey Award for The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga
  • 2010: nominated for an Eisner Award for The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga
  • 2008: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation/Authors' Foundation award for research into Japanese animation and comics.
  • 2006: IMAF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Anime and Manga, sponsored by the International Manga and Anime Foundation.
  • 1997: Japan Festival Award for work in promoting understanding of Japanese culture in Britain, from the Japan Foundation.
  • 1994: Osamu Tezuka Award for Anime UK Magazine

Helen @ Anime 2012

The History of Cosplay

At Anime 2012, Helen will be holding a talk about the History of Cosplay in the Aniway Room on Saturday morning.
Don't miss this talk, as there is quite some interesting information on how Cosplay began and on various things surrounding Cosplay. The talk will be about the early days of Cosplay in the Yayoi era of Japan and conclude with present day Cosplay.
At the end, there will be a possibility to ask questions of Helen about Cosplay or anything else.

Where: Saturday 10:30-11:30, Aniway Room

The history of Haiku

Of course Helen will do other things than just talk about Cosplay. On twitter, under the name @tweetheart she gives us daily Haiku, in English, about all kinds of things. Have you always been interested in Haiku? Follow her workshop on the history of Haiku and how to make them.
Weather permitting, the workshop will be in the garden on Saturday.

Where:  Saturday 14:00-15:00, Event Plaza Garden

EMV Judge

Helen will also be a Judge on our 3rd Echimated Music Video Competition. This competition, for adults only, will be held on friday evening in the lower part (balcony closed) of the Archonia Room. Please note, age check is obligatory.

Where: Friday 0:00-1:00, Archonia Room

Kawaii culture

Kawaii culture? Who doesn't know about Kawaii culture. Why is the phenomenon, that comes from Japan, growing abroad? How come all of the world is in love with Hello Kitty, all of a sudden?
How is it possibel Kawaii culture infected the stoic European community?
Helen tells us all about it in her talk about Kawaii culture!

Where: Saturday 15:00-16:00, Aniway Room

The Future of Comics is Manga

This is the question we put to our panel of international guests, amongst whom, comic writer and artist, Martin Lodewijk, a publisher of comics and manga, Helen McCarthy and possible other panelists under consideration.

Where: Sunday 12:00-13:00, Aniway room

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