Frederik L. Schodt
San Francisco, CA
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Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and conference interpreter based in the San Francisco area. He specializes in currents of thought flowing between Japan and North America, and has written extensively on popular culture, technology, and history. His best known works on manga include Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics (1983), Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (1996), and The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution (2007).
He has won numerous awards, including the Asahi Shimbun's Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (special category) in 2000, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs International Manga Award, Special Category, in 2009. In 2009, the Emperor of Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his work in introducing Japanese popular culture to North America. In 2013, his book, Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan-And Japan to the West, won the Circus Historical Society's Stuart Thayer Prize.
In addition to his original writings, he is an active translator, and has worked on many well-known manga series, as well as novels, including Yoshiyuki Tomino's Mobile Suit Gundam trilogy. Most recently, he has been translating a collection of animator Hayao Miyazaki's writings.
His website is at http://www.jai2.com. A more extensive profile can be viewed at http://www.jai2.com/fredbio.htm. His bibliography is at http://www.jai2.com/Mybiblio.htm.
Convention Guest Appearances
- Anime North 2019 - May 24-26, 2019 in Toronto, ON, Canada 2017
- Otakon 2017 - August 11-13, 2017 in Washington, DC
- Albacon 2017 - March 31 - April 2, 2017 in Albany, NY 2014
- Otakon Vegas 2014 - January 3-5, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV 2012
- Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012 - September 28-30, 2012 in Atlanta, GA 2009
- Anime at UMSL 2009 - October 3, 2009 in St. Louis, MO
- Otakon 2009 - July 17-19, 2009 in Baltimore, MD 2004
- FanimeCon 2004 - May 28-31, 2004 in San Jose, CA 2003
- Otakon 2003 - August 8-10, 2003 in Baltimore, MD 2001
- FanimeCon 2001 - March 30 - April 1, 2001 in Santa Clara, CA 1999
- Otakon 1999 - July 2-4, 1999 in Baltimore, MD 1998
- Anime North 1998 - August 22-23, 1998 in Toronto, ON, Canada 1997
- FanimeCon 1997 - March 8, 1997 in Los Altos Hills, CA 1996
- Anime America 1996 - July 25-28, 1996 in San Jose, CA
- FanimeCon 1996 - February 14, 1996 in Los Altos Hills, CA 1995
- FanimeCon 1995 - February 25, 1995 in Hayward, CA 1993
- Anime Expo 1993 - July 2-4, 1993 in Oakland, CA
- Anime America 1993 - June 25-27, 1993 in Santa Clara, CA 1992
- Anime Expo 1992 - July 3-6, 1992 in San Jose, CA
19 confirmed guest appearances