2 January, British Museum, London: Manga Madness: workshop using materials from the Museum to make your own digital comic strip. Introductory talks by me. Age 5 upwards, free, booking required.
13 January, BBC Radio Ulster: interviewed by Marie-Louise Muir for Arts Extra about Astro Boy – hear it on BBC iPlayer here until 20 January.
26 January, Barbican, London: Japanimation, Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, 8.30 p.m.
5 January, Los Angeles, USA and monthly thereafter: Animation historian Jerry Beck hosts Animation Tuesdays, monthly cartoon screenings at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Avenue. With his background and contacts, insights and hot exclusives are assured!
15 January-27 February, London, UK: Beware of Embroidery! at the PM Gallery and House. Five contemporary needle artists shake up ideas of what embroidery can do.
16 January-2 May, San Francisco, USA: Drawing the Sword: Samurai in Manga and Anime, exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum
30-31 January, London, UK: Tokyo Day in London, free two-day event: see crafts, art, images of the city, try sushi, watch anime.
To 3 January, British Museum, London: Yukinobu Hoshino exhibit in room 94, in association with The Power of Dogu: Ceramic Figures from Ancient Japan.
To 24 January, York Art Gallery, York: Japanese Sashiko Textiles, the first major museum exhibition of this fascinating craft.
To 11 April, The Textile Museum, Washington DC, USA: Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection – fabulous chance to see one woman’s personal collection of much-loved Japanese classics from the 1960s to the present.