Frederik L. Schodt

Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, Frederik L. Schodt is an author and translator of impressive breadth. He has written extensively on Japanese manga, as well as on pop culture, technology, and history. His books include Dreamland Japan, America and the Four Japans, and Native American in the Land of the Shogun, which was a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title in 2005. In 1998, Schodt translated and annotated Japanese immigrant Henry Kiryama's The Four Immigrants Manga, one of the first American original comic books; graphic novelist Will Eisner called the book "a treasure [that] belongs in every library."

The Astro Boy Essays is Schodt's most recent Stone Bridge Press publication. Schodt was befriended by Japanese "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka in the late 1970s and maintained a close relationship with him until his death in 1989. Schodt frequently served as Tezuka's interpreter and is the translator of several of Tezuka's manga, including the 23-volume Astro Boy series. He has also translated numerous other manga into English, including Tezuka's Phoenix and Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen.

Schodt received an award at the Manga Oscar Awards in 1983 for his groundbreaking book, Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics (Kodansha). The now classic book includes an introduction by Tezuka and has been reprinted several times. In 2000, Schodt received a Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize from the Asahi Shumbun for his work in popularizing manga overseas. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Japanese Government for his contribution "to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture in the United States of America.

Schodt has lectured at venues worldwide, including San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Art Gallery, Temple University Japan, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Tokyo University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in San Francisco. 


Praise

  • "Schodt's work is well known to anyone interested in Japanese popular culture."
    James Fallows, National Editor, The Atlantic Monthly
  • "Frederik L. Schodt is without doubt the Western world's leading authority on Japanese manga."
    Metropolis (Japan) on Dreamland Japan
  • "What a gem! Readable and meticulously researched, this book presents a colorful character in his complex cultural context. After 150 years MacDonald finally has his story told fully and accurately."
    Stephen Kohl, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon, on Native American in the Land of the Shogun
  • "This engaging book will be of wide interest to fans and pop-culture students; recommended for all collections."
    Library Journal on The Astro Boy Essays

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