Essays

Below is a selection of essays available to read online, purchase, or download. For a full list of my academic essays, topical articles, reviews, and published interviews, please see my CV.

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The Life and Art of Yamada Murasaki

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Christian Marclay and the “Oral History” of Comics

English and Japanese

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Portrait of a Manga Scholar Offering His Arm to Shirato Sanpei

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Bat Kid: Inoue Kazuo and the Origins of Baseball Manga

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So Let the Nightmare for Japan Begin

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A New Kind of Literature: The Awakening of Yoshiharu Tsuge, 1967-68

Co-authored with Asakawa Mitsuhiro

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The Demon Ball: Sports Manga, Visual Dynamism, and the Makyū

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The Face Eater, and Other Japanese I’ve Learned from Kondoh Akino

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Tezuka Osamu’s Ten Cents

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The Durham Protest Murals: Black Lives Matter, Cartoons, and Anime

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Comics Against Confederates: BLM and the Battle for Graham, NC

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Rearmed and Dismembered: The Samurai in Postwar Visual Culture

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The Life and Art of Kuniko Tsurita

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Kuniko Tsurita, The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud (D&Q, 2020)  
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Damn All Gamblers to the Pits of Hell

Ebisu Yoshikazu, The Pits of Hell (Breakdown, 2019)  
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Hirata Hiroshi and the Buraku Question: Understanding Bloody Stumps Samurai

Hirata Hiroshi, Bloody Stumps Samurai (Retrofit/Big Planet, 2019)  
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Garo Magazine and Alternative Manga

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Ryan Holmberg: Interview about Manga and Translation

Bubbles no. 3 (July 2019)  
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Kanto Loam Stories: Looking for 3.11 in Tokyo Today

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 17:8 (April 2019)  
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Matsumoto Katsuji: Modern Tomboys and Early Shōjo Manga

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Fukushima Devil Fish: A Nuclear Pastoral

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The Weight of Postwar Life: Tsuge Tadao vs. Takano Shinzo, 1969

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Shambhavi Kaul’s Haunted Nursery

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Fukushima From Within: Tatsuta Kazuto’s Ichi-F

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