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November 21, get ready for gender-bending plotlines, punk-haired heroines and heroes with stars in their eyes! Two Manga and Anime experts will explain what your kids are reading and what you'll be reading next.
The Tannery Series returns to PEM with Roland Kelts (Japanamerica) and Robin Brenner (Understanding Manga and Anime). They'll take us beyond the usual notions of cartoon and costume, fantasy and reality, to explore ideas about public and private selves and what the popularity of Manga in the United States reveals about the changes in American identity.
As always, the wonderfully warm and unconventional PEM/PM evening will include music (VJ Beyonder Domela), craft (Manga drawing lessons), and an opportunity to visit PEM’s latest exhibit, “Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion,” which showcases the work of designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, who reshaped the world of fashion in the 1980s.
Come dressed as your favorite character. Look, listen, toast and talk with The Tannery Series.
November 21, 2013, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Members and Salem residents (with ID) free; nonmembers $10
Roland Kelts's Japanamerica addresses the American experience with the Japanese pop phenomenon. Highlighting the shared conflicts as American and Japanese pop cultures dramatically collide in the here and now, the book is as literate as it is hip.
Robin Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She is the editor-in-chief of the graphic novel review website No Flying No Tights. Her first book, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner
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