Special Screening of "Illustrated By: Filipino Invasion of U.S. Comics"

There will be a special screening of "Illustrated By" on 23 January 2015
6:00 pm - Onwards

“Illustrated By” Documentary


Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, The X-Men – characters recognized all over the world. What may not be known is that, since the 1970’s, Filipinos have had a significant contribution in these and other characters’ mythologies. “Illustrated By”: Filipino Invasion of U.S. Comics is a full-length documentary film tracing the phenomenon of Filipino comic artists breaking into the U.S. mainstream. The movie aims to pay tribute to many of these ignored, unacknowledged talents, and showcase their gorgeous artwork.

Gerry Alanguilan
Alfredo Alcala, Jr.
C.B. Cebulski
Jiggy Cruz
Max-C Cubacub
Tony DeZuniga
Noel Fernandez
Ernest Jocson
Jun Lofamia
Gilbert Monsanto
Abe Ocampo
Carlo Pagulayan
Stephen Segovia
Budjette Tan
Harvey Tolibao
Wilson Tortosa
Dennis Villegas
Leinil Yu





Production Managers




Camera Assistant

Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture
15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies and the 6th Women’s Manga Conference
22-23 January 2015
Ateneo de Manila University

Day 1 Venue: Leong Auditorium

8:30 Registration and Coffee Break

9:30 Welcome Remarks
Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr., Ph.D. Dean, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

Opening Remarks
Shūji Takatori, Director, The Japan Foundation

10:00-12:00 Plenary Session 1: Manga and the Manga-esque

Considering the ‘Mangaesque’ as a Cultural Condition: Where Japanese Studies and Manga Studies May Meet
Jaqueline Berndt, Kyoto Seika University

The Role of National Mediators in the Construction of the Global Meaning of Manga
Zoltan Kacsuk, Kyoto Seika University

Manga-esque in a Single Frame: An Exploration of the Bounds of Japanese Irasuto and Cartoons
Ronald Stewart, Prefectural University of Hiroshima

12:00 – 12:30 Artist Session 1: Philippine
Moderated by Elbert Or
Elbert Or, Robert Magnuson, Ace Vitangcol

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:00 Artist Session 2: Women’s Manga in Singapore
Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt

2:00 – 3:30 Paper Session 1: Manga-esque in Southeast Asia

The Domestication of Japanese Manga Representation in Malaysia : The Universality of Visual Language and Cultural Characteristics
Suraya Md Nasir, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Manga in the Philippines: from niche market to an (invisible) market
Ma. Victoria Cayton, University of Asia and the Pacific

“OTAKU NO RIKO”: Gratifications Derived from Filipino Anime Engagements
Thea Pamela Pauline A. Javier, M.C., San Sebastian College Recolectos - Manila

3:30 – 4:00 Artist Session 3: Vietnam
Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt
Nguyen Thanh Phong

4:00-4:15 Coffee Break

4:15-4:45 Artist Session 4: Women Comics in the Philippines
Moderated by: Kristine Michelle Santos
Tin Tin Pantoja, Black Ink Comics

4:45 – 5:30 Paper Session 2: Frameworks in Popular Culture Studies

Performing 2.5 dimensional characters: Cosplay as a Practice in Hybrid Reality
Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Yokohama National University

Glocalizing Appearance: Filipino Cosplayers and the Mukokuseki Aesthetic
Tiffany Lim, University of Tokyo

Quantitative research in manga/anime studies: Methodological considerations and three Europe-based surveys
Marco Pellitteri, Kobe University

Day 2 Venue: Leong Hall

9:00 Registration

9:30-11:00 Plenary Session 2: Women’s Manga in Japan

Manga-esque Hybridity Coming out of Women’s Manga
Fusami Ogi, Chikushi Jogakuen University

On Sexual Issues of Aging Women: Shungiku Uchida and Challenges in Women’s Manga
Kotaro Nakagaki. Daito Bunka University

“What Female Manga Artists are doing with Shakespeare”
Yukari Yoshihara, University of Tsukuba

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-11:45 Artist Session 4: Women’s Manga in Indonesia

Moderated by Febriani Shihombing
Jhosephine Tanuwidjaya and Stephani Soejono

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Artist’s Session 5: Malaysia
Moderated by Gan Sheuo Hui

1:15-2:15 Plenary Session 4: Manga and the Manga-esque in Southeast Asia

Analysis of the Terminology “Komik Indonesia” in Indonesian Comics: A Discussion Case Study of Three Indonesia Comics Exhibition after 2000
Febriani Sihombing, Tohoku University

Locally Made! – The Gag Comics in Malaysia
Gan Sheuo Hui, National University of Singapore

2:15 – 3:15 Paper Session 3:Women and Manga Beyond Japan

Girls' Dōjinshi in the Philippines: Challenges and Transformations in Local Girls’ Culture
Kristine Michelle Santos, Wollongong University

Kartoon-y: Boys' Love Manga Flourishes in Conservative Thailand
Poowin Bunyavejchewin and Ormwajee Pibool, Thammasat University

3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:30 Paper Session 4: Women and Japanese Manga

Defining Yuri Fandom in Japan: Women and Men Reading and Writing About Girl–Girl Romance Media
James Welker, Kanagawa University

On the role of characterization and engagement in shōjo-manga as a genre
Giancarla Unser-Schutz, Rissho University

4:30 - 5:00 Artist Session 5: China’s Artist Panel

Moderated by Jaqueline Berndt
Luo Rongrong

5:00 - 6:00 Paper Session 5: Gender and Japanese Manga

Winry, Hinata, Mikasa: Feminine Imagery in Shōnen Manga and Japan’s Masculinist Cultural Nationalism
Hansley A. Juliano, Ateneo de Manila University

Sex Tourism, Filipina Brides, and Japanese Comics
Ryan Holmberg, The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

6:00 - 6:10 Ending Remarks
Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Director, Japaese Studies Program

6:10 – 7:30 Special Screening of “Illustrated By: Filipino Invasion of US Comics”


Illustration in Conference poster by Kiko Dans
Conference poster layout by Elbert Or

15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies & the 6th Women’s Manga Conference

15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies &
the 6th Women’s Manga Conference
A Joint International Conference

by Ateneo de Manila University, Japanese Studies Program
with the support of the Japan Foundation, Manila Office
Women’s MANGA Research Project (JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 24320047)

Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture

DATES: 22-25 January, 2015
VENUE: Ateneo de Manila University, Manila

In the recent years, academic scholarship towards popular culture has been increasing. But why study Manga? Like all forms of popular culture, the consumption of such can produce social norms, establish social boundaries, and create rituals that generate social solidarity, generate innovation, and pave the way for social change, becoming a powerful and oft ignored media. The Japanese Government has realized this potential and has been using manga and anime as part of its soft power diplomacy. Recently, South Korea has been doing the same with K-pop and K-drama. Furthermore, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has begun a campaign using Filipino komiks and animation. But none of these media have the same influence as manga. Manga, a Japanese term, which has now been accepted not only to refer to the comics published in Japan, but to also refer to works published in the various localities which derive their inspiration from that coming from Japan. While there have been several conferences and scholarship dealing with the topic of manga, the literature is quite divided between the lines of Western-based and Japanese-based scholarship. The Philippines becomes an interesting setting for a conference on manga, with its hybridized culture. The conference will not only provide fresh perspectives towards the study of manga, but will include studies of the manga-esque. The study of the manga-esque not only provides a peek towards Japan's influence to the local culture, but also provides a peak towards the cultural negotiations of their creators to their local culture. The proposed conference would invite distinguished manga scholars from Japan and the world, which will then provide fresh perspectives in studying manga as a global culture

The conference organizers welcome paper submissions that are aligned with this year’s conference theme. It hopes to generate discussion that aims to enhance knowledge on manga and comic studies, the use of manga in the classrooms, and Asian perspectives to the study and teaching of popular culture. The conference particularly encourages critical studies in the following areas:

• Comparative studies on manga and manga-esque works
• Manga in a globalized world
• Theories on Manga Studies
• Manga in the classroom

NOTE: As this conference is co-hosted by Women’s MANGA Research Project (JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 24320047), there will be special panels on women and manga. Proposals of above areas focusing on gender and women are also welcome.

Other related topics are also welcome. Please email the abstracts and short bio to jspadmu@gmail.com on or before 30 September 2014. All submissions will be refereed.

The conference will consist of sessions with 20 min. for each paper
(+ sufficient Q&A time) and artist talks

Abstracts and bios should be in English. Please include a title, your name, affiliation, contact details (mailing address, email) and a brief description of your paper (maximum of 500 words).

comics/komiks/manga, Asia, cultures, locality, hybridity, globalization, Philippines, Japan, women, gender,

Please direct any inquiries and submissions to Karl Ian CHENG CHUA (kchengchua@gmail.com), Akiko SUGAWA-SHIMADA (akikosugawa@ynu.ac.jp) or Fusami OGI (fogi@chikushi-u.ac.jp).

We are planning to have a special issue of an academic journal based on the conference.