Brilliant week so far!
I started on Sunday with a small but perfectly formed audience in Canterbury before Sunday lunch was even in the oven. We were talking about the many myths connected with the history of anime, and how part of my role as an independent scholar and researcher is to help to chip away at those myths – even the really fun ones – until we know how much more fun the plain unmythologised truth is. And it is. Always.
Canterbury Anifest was a terrific event and I was sorry to see so little of it. It opened with a short film programme introduced by Dr. Aylish Wood, followed with a talk by a name very familiar to anime fans across the UK in the early 1990s – Andy Frain, former CEO of Manga Entertainment Ltd., founder of Touchstone Entertainment and one of the judges for AniFest’s short film competition.
Tonight I’m at London’s Cartoon Museum talking about A Brief History of Manga. They do some great events all year round – this month I’m the opening act for a bill that includes Bryan Talbot and Hogarth. It’s not often one gets to be the warm-up for a lineup like that.
Best job in the world? Definitely!