Frederik L. Schodt | フレデリック・L・ショット


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  • 2016-10-11: Granted the fabulous Ranald MacDonald Award for Lifetime Achievement ("Oeuvre") by the "Friends of MacDonald: The Dutch Connection," especially for work on Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan (Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 2003). [VIEW==> VIDEO.
    2015-06-14: Interview with moi about Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy, on Public Radio, done by Steve Paulson on All The Things That Matter.

    2014-Winter: Review in Kyoto Journal, by Stephen Mansfield titled "The American Showman," about Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe, described as a "fascinating book."
    2013-07-21: Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe wins the Circus Historical Society's Stuart Thayer Prize for 2013. The prize, according to the Society's website, is to "encourage the highest quality of research, scholarship and writing about American circus history.... This award is named in honor of Stuart Thayer, the author of numerous foundational and insightful works published about the antebellum American circus and menagerie." Stuart Thayer Prize

    2014-02-25:Leaves from a Farm Boy's Diary was written by my father, Eddie W. Schodt, and first published as a hardback edition in 1994 by Professional Press of Chapel Hill, NC. It is a delightful series of stories about growing up on a remote North Dakota farm early in the twentieth century, and it was written with young people in mind. The casebound edition of the book is out of print, but it is now available on Amazon as an e-book, with a new cover and additional biographical information on Eddie, for your reading pleasure. E-book design, including the cover, is by the ever-amazing Raymond Larrett.

  • In 2017,The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime 『手塚治虫物語』, by Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions, (published by Stone Bridge Press), was nominated for an Eisner award in the category of "Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia. In the same year, it was also declared a 2016 Foreword INDIES Winner in the Graphic Novels & Comics category.

    Here's some praise for The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime. For a longer list, check out the publisher's fabulous page, HERE.

    "The Osamu Tezuka Story offers a reverent and candid review of Tezuka, in a style that memorializes and mirrors his artistic sensibilities--conceptually rich landscapes, clean, complex lines and extreme attention to movement and expression. This book is a necessary reference for Tezuka fans and a historical document providing insight into the philosophy, creation and manufacture of manga."—Shelf Awareness

    "Fittingly massive... [with over] 900 pages of cheery cartoon action... Captures its subject's tireless genius through WWII, the lean post war years, and the emergence of Japan as a superpower. Legendary manga scholar Schodt provides a first-rate translation."—Publisher's Weekly

    “A must for Tezuka devotees… this near 1,000-page biography of manga artist Osamu Tezuka will spark excitement and rabid consumption.”—Library Journal 

    “What better way to showcase the life of manga master Osamu Tezuka then with a biographical manga? This comprehensive biography shows the complexity of the artist’s life and times... A must read for anyone with a passing interest in the evolution of manga and anime.”—The Japan Times

    Well, it's finally out, and no longer a "secret" that we need to keep. Viz has at last issued Hayao Miyazaki's Turning Point: 1997-2008, the sequel to his previously released Starting Point: 1979-1996. Both books are translated by Beth Cary and me, with a lot of hard work! As you can see, Hayao Miyazaki has a lot to say. Over 900 pages, no less!

    Here are some mentions of the books:

    Osamu Tezuka's entire ASTRO BOYseries of graphic novels (23 vols.) now published by Dark Horse Comics.