ahorbinski: A DJ geisha (historical time is a construct)
Telling a Truth About Otakon (and Other Things).

The perma-link will be live this afternoon, blog time, which I think is either UTC or EST.

ahorbinski: A DJ geisha (historical time is a construct)
My once and future collaborator Mikhail Koulikov wrote a paper last September arguing that the conflict between fansubbers and officially licensed distributors ought best be understood as a 'net war', in which actors use networked forms of organization, in Transformative Works and Cultures

Today Mikhail has a post on the TWC blog exploring a recent battle in that war, the conflict over the anime Fractale between its U.S. licensor Funimation and its Japanese production company. 

This isn't the last time I'll be talking about Fractale, I suspect; the story is written by Azuma Hiroki, which if nothing else would guarantee its interest. In the meantime, I'm going to watch the latest episode and leave you, readers, to consider Mikhail's post. 
ahorbinski: Tomoe Gozen is so badass she glued her OTW mug to her wrist.  (tomoe gozen would haved loved the OTW)
I can feel myself teetering on the abyss that yawns beneath all aca-bloggers, namely, not having enough bloody time. So while I get posts together on the symposium on Japanese politics I attended last week and the documentary Autumn Gem, which I saw today and which is very good, have some links from the current issue of Transformative Works and Cultures. Disclaimer: I know all three of these authors personally (which is why I'm linking to them).

Mikhail Koulikov has a piece on "Fighting the fan sub war: Conflicts between media rights holders and unauthorized creator/distributor networks." 

[personal profile] sasha_feather has a piece on "From the edges to the center: Disability, Battlestar Galactica, and fan fiction."

And Alex Leavitt has a website review of Inside Scanlation.

ahorbinski: kanji (kanji)
Yesterday I (finally) got word that the panel I submitted to Otakon 2010 has been approved. Yay!

So this year, as last year, I will be discussing "Anime in Academia" with several other people including Alex Leavitt and probably Mikhail Koulikov, who started the panel yea these many years ago, for the benefit of Otakon members. Alex and I still have to decide who's going to moderate. See you there, I hope! (Early bird registration has been extended, FYI.)
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I went to WisCon 34 this year, my first WisCon, and had an amazing time. Never one to start small, I moderated two panels on anime and manga: "Teamwork: How Anime & Manga Create a Feminist Space in SF" and "The Works of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli." 

Both went well, but I liked what I personally said on the teamwork panel a little bit better. Essentially, I kept harping on the money, because there's this naive idea that anime and manga exist in this pure space of cultural expression or whatever and it's just not true. Anime and manga are multi-billion-dollar, multi-trillion-yen global entertainment forms, pure and simple, and ultimately I think the evolution in gender norms and how female characters are presented across genre is attributable in most instances to marketing, even if creators are only aware of such pressures subliminally. /cynicism

The Miyazaki panel was good, too, though I'm still digesting all the points brought up in it. Of course money is an important aspect of Ghibli too; Ghibli is a brand as much as it is a creative vision, and as I said at the end the studio has been trying to find a younger generation of directors who can extend and be faithful to both for years. We'll see, with The Borrower Arrietty, whether they've finally found a winner.


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