Here are the anime/manga (and film/tv) panels I’m taking part in (or moderating):
You Got Your SF in My Anime!
Thursday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)
If the cliche image of Western science fiction is spaceships and aliens, the cliches of anime SF might be giant robots and cyberspace — so let’s look a little closer. What’s distinctive about anime’s use of SF, in works such as Ghost in the Shell, Spaceship Yamato, Strike Witches or Planetes? What are the lines of influence between the Japanese and Western SF traditions, and what does each have to offer the other?
Sarah Ash (M) , Juan Sanmiguel, Lars Adler, Django Wexler, Laura Mauro
Friday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)
Manga developed in Japan as a syncretic reaction to American comic books from an indigenous art perspective, to become a unique style of sequential art.
Manga has since emerged from Japan to become a vibrant style adopted by creators in other countries.
What are the more interesting and existing transformations that Manga has undergone in Japan, and outside its birthplace? What is the future of Manga as an art expression in the 21st century?
Zen Cho (M) , Sarah Ash , Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson , Eric Senabre , Kyoko Ogushi
The Girls Who Waited
Friday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 11 (ExCeL)
Last year, in an essay for The Guardian, Anna Smith highlighted the lack of on-screen time-travel stories with female protagonists. In works as varied as Doctor Who, Quantum Leap, The Time-Traveller’s Wife, About Time, The Terminator, and Back to the Future, women are either companions or observers. Is this simply a question of men being given an agency denied to women, or is there something more complex going on? What stories is time travel being used to tell? Which films and TV shows do feature time travelling women? Which women are allowed to travel, and what do their stories have in common?
Russell Blackford (M), L. M. Myles , Sarah Ash, MaryAnn Johanson, Andy Duncan
Monday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 5 (ExCeL)
Anime and manga feature queer content often enough that multiple recognised subgenres exist, from bara to yaoi. But when are these depictions empowering, and when do they reinscribe conservative understandings of gender and sexuality? Where can we can find positive explorations of genderplay and gender performance in anime and manga?
Sarah Ash (M) , Arwen Grune, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Ciaran Roberts, Amy Young