Masters of Manga and Open Journalism in Japan

October 9, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Date: Monday, October 18, 2010
Place: 2F Wesley Center, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama; a map is here.

Some travel and logistical details delayed our announcement, but our program for the 18th promises to be well worth the wait — and the distance — since our first speaker for the evening has just arrived from sunny Barcelona, Spain. And our second speaker drew such a large crowd and positive response last year that we’ve asked him to come back for a 2.0 encore.

So come to our new venue, the almost brand-new Wesley Center, meet some incredibly talented people who will undoubtedly inspire you, and enjoy the mouth-watering treats and libations from To the Moon and Back Catering! It’s always a fun night of networking with some amazingly creative people. It is our hope that you’ll find that extra bit of “oomph” you need to make your long-held creative dreams and visions a reality. You never know who you’ll meet sitting next to you, or who you will inspire in some way just by showing up!

Combination Plate #1

“Masters of Manga and Learning How to Draw a Crowd”

Lots of us have long-term projects that seem to have no end. For some, that may be a trial and a burden. But writer, translator and videographer Marc Bernabe is perfectly content, because his magnum opus involves interviewing scores of creative titans in the art of drawing manga and conveying their skills, inspirations and fantastic visions. His growing list includes Takao Saito (Golgo 13), Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe) and Gosho Aoyama (Detective Conan).

Marc will describe how he’s going about this multi-year book project, including how he chronicles and promotes his interviews along the way through his website His campaign includes the “big canvas” vehicles of social media like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. Anyone involved in the creative process that wants a mass audience for their work should be here to follow Marc’s storyline. A recent article in The Japan Times says the Japanese government is hoping pop culture will become a key export. Come find out why anime, manga, fashion, food and other “Cool Japan” items are driving profits from “soft power.”

And in the interest of full transparency, we should mention that Media Tectonics’ own Cindy Mullins is Marc’s literary agent for worldwide rights, and is looking for publishers who can handle the cool, total integration of print, ebook, video, and webisode, and give these masters of their craft a fitting platform to share the joy of their art.

About Marc: A translator and interpreter of Japanese from Spain who’s in love with the comic form, Marc Bernabe focuses on manga and anime translation and has worked on hundreds of manga volumes and anime episodes. After earning a master’s degree in Japanese language teaching from the Osaka University of Foreign Studies, he went on to become the author of the bestselling “Japanese in Mangaland” series, among other books. Marc is also the founder and head of Daruma Serveis Lingüístics SL, a Barcelona-based translation and interpreting company from which he coordinates his own translations and those of a sizable team of fellow scribes.

Combination Plate #2

“Open Journalism / Freelancing in Japan (2.0)”

Freelance writer and blogger Rick Martin will discuss his strategies for finding work in Tokyo and how to adapt to the current media climate. Rick will also talk about the importance of collaboration, gaining competence with different tools and platforms, and touch upon the recent revolution in data journalism. For a primer, see his last Media Tectonics presentation here.

Update: As an added bonus, journalist Richard Smart will discuss some of his experiences, working as a writer and reporter in Japan, as well as his own thoughts on new journalism.

About Rick: A technology (and sometimes sports) writer who contributes to, The Japan Times, and various other publications, Rick occasionally makes websites and is also a wannabe programmer, currently facilitating the course Open Journalism & the Open Web, which examines the intersection of programming and journalism.

About Richard: A freelance journalist who has been based in Japan for more than eight years, Richard Smart writes for both print media and online publications in Japan and abroad. His interests include politics, society and music. In his free time he tries to master Japanese and overcome his technophobia.

We look forward to seeing everyone on October 18, and hope you will find some new ways to increase your own income online!

Feel free to give us a call if you have trouble finding the new space: 090-2451-0697

The Media Tectonics Team


Date: Monday, October 18, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. – dinner and networking (catered by To the Moon & Back); 7 p.m. – seminar begins
Location: Wesley Center, 2F, 6-10-11 Minami-Aoyama
Cost: 3,500 yen (prepaid, by October 15); 4,500 yen at the door

Be sure to take advantage of the prepayment discount, and let us know you’re coming so we can be kind to the environment with an accurate food order!

RSVP by sending an email here, and transferring funds to:

Resona Bank
Shibuya Branch: 473
Account Type: Futsu
Account Number: 1804222
Account Name: 4M Associates

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