Frederik L. Schodt
Frederik L. Schodt
Frederik L. Schodt

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.

Titles by Author

My Heart Sutra

My Heart Sutra

By Frederik L. Schodt

A cultural and personal journey into the famous sutra that teaches "form is emptiness; and emptiness is form."

The Osamu Tezuka Story

The Osamu Tezuka Story

by Dr. Frederik L. Schodt

A documentary manga biography of the influential artist and the birth and evolution of manga and anime in Japan.

The Four Immigrants Manga

The Four Immigrants Manga

by Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama

The first English translation of the groundbreaking 1931 graphic novel!

Dreamland Japan

Dreamland Japan

by Frederik L. Schodt

The classic text by renowned manga expert in a beautiful new casebound edition, with a new foreword and afterword by the author.

Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam

by Frederik L. Schodt

The Gundam creator's own vision of his spectacularly successful cult franchise, in a new edition for hungry fans.

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

by Frederik L. Schodt

The unlikely history of early cross-cultural encounters between the West and Japan...

Native American in the Land of the Shogun

Native American in the Land of the Shogun

by Frederik L. Schodt

The true story of a half-Chinook, half-Scot adventurer who entered feudal Japan in 1848 and helped pave the way for its modernization.

America and the Four Japans

America and the Four Japans

by Frederik L. Schodt

A readable overview of the ever-changing relationship between Japan and the United States.

The Astro Boy Essays

The Astro Boy Essays

by Frederik L. Schodt

A tribute to Japan's God of Manga by his long-time American friend and translator. Includes rare, full-color, original Astro Boy Astro Boy art!

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