A Brief History of Manga

Helen McCarthy talks about her new book, out from Ilex Press on 20 June.
The book highlights manga's 19th-century links with European culture and history as well as its journey to  America in the 20th century. She'll also give a brief update on the new edition of The Anime Encyclopedia, due out in December.

2014 is Helen McCarthy's 40th anniversary as a congoer, and she's very happy to celebrate it at AnimeCon.
Since 1974, she's been active as a congoer and conrunner in a number of fandoms, including Star Trek, Supermarionation, science fiction and of course anime and manga.  She plans to party like it's 1974 at this year's Worldcon, LonCon 3, which takes place within staggering distance of her home.

Helen also has two new books out this year - A Brief History of Manga, published by Ilex in June, and the third print edition of The Anime Encyclopedia, out from Stone Bridge Press in December.
Her contribution to this epic, co-authored with Jonathan Clements, has required far too much time spent on Japanese porn websites and not nearly enough time watching giant robot anime. An author's life is never easy.

Favourite film of 2014 (so far): Kaze Tachinu 
Least favourite (so far): Godzilla


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