Frederik L. Schodt | フレデリック・L・ショット

Fred's Talks and Appearances

Fred at CWAJ

"Fred’s...was one of the best book presentations I have ever seen....I heartily recommend him as a speaker."— Taryn Edwards, Mechanics’ Institute Library, San Francisco, 2012.

"His insight and good humor make a most interesting and entertaining speaker as well as a widely respected author on Japanese history and culture.” —Jim Mockford, former chairman, Friends of MacDonald society, LinkedIn, July 24, 2008.

"Schodt is a humble and nuanced speaker."—Ryan Sands, Electric Ant, 2009.

"The main idea I took away from this experience was simple: whenever Frederik Schodt is talking about manga and anime, I should drop whatever it is I have planned and go listen to the man. You should, too."— Grant Goodman, Manga Recon @ Otakon 2009: Grant’s Report, Part 3, August 1, 2009

[To contact Fred about speaking engagements, send email to [ fred (at mark) ],or write to Frederik L. Schodt, 428-B Carl St., San Francisco, CA 94117 ].


2017-09-11 to 13
Place: OTAKON. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.

Time: 4:30-5:30
Title: Creation of "The Osamu Tezuka Story"

Time: 5:45-6:45
Title: How to Write about Japan (With Roland Kelts)

Time: 10:15-11:15
Title: From Manga to Musical:The story of "The Four Immigrants Manga".

Place: ゆいの森あらかわ, 東京都荒川区荒川二丁目50番1号. (日本文芸家協会&荒川区主催)
Time: 14:00~16:00
Title: 「漂流民から始まった対外関係・ 吉村昭を再読する」。関川夏央&石田千と一緒

Place: SWET Book Fair and Special Lecture, Shimazono House, 3-3-3 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
Time: 2:00-6:00 p.m. Conversation with the amazing Leza Lowitz from 4:00-5:30; Book Sale 2:00-5:45
Title: "From My Experience".

Place: Alumni House, University of California, Berkeley.
Time: 10:00 a.m. (15 minutes talk)
Title: "My Asia," commencement address to East Asian Studies department graduates. [Not open to the public].

Place: Terrace Room, Cohen Hall, University of Pennsylvannia, Philadelphia, Penn Forum on Japan Colloquium, hosted by the Center for East Asian Studies.
Time: 17:00
Title: “Professor Risley, The Imperial Japanese Troupe, and Philadelphia”

Place: Prof. Linda Chance class, 402 Cohen Hall, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Time: 13:00
Title: "Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy, and the Manga/Anime Revolution”

Place: Drew High School, San Francisco, Jason Whiton's class.
Time: 9:00-10:00
Title: Osamu Tezuka and the Development of Manga and Anime

Place: 国際交流基金本部 ホール(さくら)[Japan Foundation HQ hall (Sakura)
Time: 19:00-20:30
Title: 「~世界に日本マンガを紹介して40年~フレデリック・ショット講演会」(第10回日本国際漫画賞 関連イベント、モデレーターが椎名ゆかり). ("Talk by Frederik Schodt, who spent 40 years introducing Japanese manga to the world.") Event in conjunction with the 10th International Manga Award, moderated by Shiina Yukari.

Place: Professor Beverley Curran's class, Science Hall N-220, International Christian University, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan
Time: 11:30-12:30
Title: "Reflections on Manga Translation" (マンガ翻訳を再考する)

Place: 明治大学 グローバルフロント1階 グローバルホール 〒101- 0062 千代田区神田駿河台1-1
Time: 15:00-17:00
Title: 第10回日本国際漫画賞記念シンポジウム (Commemorative Symposium in Conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the Japan International Manga Award") In Japanese.


Place: Madeleine Graham's 7th & 8th grade classes at The Odyssey Middle School, San Mateo, California.
Time: 10:30-12:00
Title: Osamu Tezuka and Manga

Place: On a three-masted ship, De Nieuwe Liefde in Amsterdam
Time: 16:00
Title: Acceptance remarks for lifetime award, at Ranald MacDonald Award Ceremony, October 11, 2016.

Place: Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, California.
Time: 16:00-20:00:20
Title: "An Introduction to Osamu Tezuka" (as part of the book launch party for The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime, by Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions, published by Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, California, July, 2016.

Place: University of California, Berkeley, ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies).
Time: 11:00-12:20
Title: "Japanese Pop Culture in North America: From Woodblock Prints to Acrobats to Manga and Anime," part of "Pop Culture in World History" conference.

Place: The University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall - FR 111 - Broad Conference Room.
Time: 17:15-18:30
Title: The Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki (with Beth Cary).

Place: Drew High School (Lingerr Senghor's 9th grade class).
Time: 10:00
Title: Translating Manga.

Place: Meiji University, Nakano Campus, Tokyo.
Time: 14:00
Title: 「日米をまたぐストーリー漫画の始源 ~アメリカに渡った日本人漫画家『木山義喬』~」 (小野耕世との対談)(Origins of Story Manga, Straddling Japan and America-- On Henry Kiyama, the Japanese Manga Artists who Travelled to the America"; with Kosei Ono..


Place: The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
Time: TBD
Title: Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama and the Manga-Comics Nexus.

Place: University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Time: 8-10pm
Title: (With Beth Cary) "The Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki," along with planned screening of "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness".

Place: University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Title: "Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan--And Japan to the West." .

Place: University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Time: 16:15-18:00pm
Title: "Two Unheralded Transpacific Pioneers-- Native American Explorer, Ranald MacDonald, and Comicbook Artist, Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama." .

Place: The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd. Delray Beach, FL 33446
Time: 6:00pm
Title: "Japan as “The Robot Kingdom." For more information click HERE.

Stanford University
Place: Stanford University, California. Center for East Asian Studies
Time: 18:00-19:30
Title: “The Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki" (with Beth Cary).

Professor Mark Blum's class
Place: Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures,University of California, Berkeley, Dwinelle Hall, Room 228
Time: 16:00-17:30
Title: Religion and Manga

A.W. Mellon Comics Workshop
Place: Van Hise 104, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Title: “Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy: Creating the Modern Manga/Anime Complex”.


Place: College of Business auditorium, The University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.
Time: 16:00
Title: “Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama and the Manga-Comics Nexus”.

Albany Film Fest
Place: Albany Twin Theater, 1115 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Time: 2:10 pm Sunday, March 29
Title: “Anime talk: Fred Schodt on Osamu Tezuka + Rare Animations + Q&A”.

Drew School’s Writers Festival
Place: Drew School, San Francisco, California
Reading at school assembly writers' panel, and talk to classes of English teachers Lingerr Senghor and Doug O'Keefe.

Talk on manga and discussion with Suzuki Shini'ichi. マンガ関係の講演会&鈴木伸一氏との対談
Place: Tokyo. 区民ひろば富士見台 1階 東京都豊島区南長崎 1-6-1
Time: 19:00-20:30pm
Info: PDF flyer HERE.


Northern Calfornia Translator's Association meeting
Place: Golden Gate University, Room 5207, 536 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94104
Time: 2:00pm
Title: "On Translating Animation Director Hayao Miyazaki" (with Beth Cary)
For more information, click HERE.
Place: The Mechanics Institute library, 4th Floor Meeting Room, 57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Time: 6:00pm
Title: "Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924," a talk with translator Frederik L. Schodt, and with Peter Goodman, publisher and president of Stone Bridge Press. For more information click HERE.
Place: University of California, Berkeley, 180 Doe Library
Time: 4:00pm
Title: "The Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki", with co-translator Beth Cary, and Miryam Sas (talk moderator). More information click HERE.
Circus Historical Society Convention
Place: Auberge Royal Versailles, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Time: 9:00am
Title: "Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe"
San Francisco Public Library
Place: Main Branch, Grove St., San Francisco
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Title: "The First American Comic? Henry Yoshitaka's Kiyama's The Four Immigrants Manga
University of California, Davis Davis, California,
Subject: Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe. Details here.For report on talk, click here.
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Cruess Hall 220
2014-01-03 to 05
OTAKON VEGAS Las Vegas, Nevada
WEB: Info


Temple University, Tokyo, Japan
"Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan—and Japan to the West"
WEB: Info
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Temple University Japan Campus, Mita Hall 5F (Access MAP. )
The Asiatic Society of Japan, Tokyo
"Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan—and Japan to the West"
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG) 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002. (Access MAP).
University of California, Berkeley, Institute of East Asian Studies conference room (6th floor, 2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley)
"Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan—and Japan to the West"
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Download flyer
2013-09-27 to 29
Anime Weekend Atlanta
Saturday panels:
11:30am "Astro Boy, Forever!"
15:00pm "Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe"
University of San Francisco, Center for the Pacific Rim
Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. | USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room. Open to the public. "Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan—and Japan to the West"
photo 2013-07-18 to 20
Circus Historical Society 2013 Convention
Peru, Indiana.
Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe awarded CHS's Stuart Thayer Prize.
Koret Hall, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, 3:00-5:00pm
"Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan--and Japan to the West." For flyer, click HERE
Jason Whiton's class at Drew School, San Francisco.
"Manga, Anime, & Circus"
New People theater, 1746 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Slide show and Q&A at "Astro Boy: The 60th Anniversary Exhibition at the 2013 CAAM Fest" in conjunction with the screening of the 2009 film, Astro Boy (director: David M. Bowers)
Circus Center, 755 Frederick St., San Francisco, CA
Giant book launch party! 7-9pm, with acrobats, piano recital, readings, and music by reunited band, Just Friends.
The Mechanics' Institute Library, San Francisco. 6pm, 4th flr. meeting room.
"Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: A Lost History, and a Lost Page from San Francisco’s History"


Japan Association of Translators (JAT), Tokyo, Japan
"Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American acrobat introduced Western Circus to Japan, and Japan to the West."

Foreign Correspondent's Club, Tokyo, Japan.
"Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American acrobat introduced Western Circus to Japan, and Japan to the West."

Neu, Japan.
[Talk on Henry Kiyama]

Anime Weekend Atlanta
"Localization and the Grammar of Manga."

ASPAC 2012, Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, Gonzaga University, June 15-17, 2012, "Asia at the End of History & Christian Asia" 2012 Keynote: "Transpacific Japonisme, Past, Present, and Future."
Jason Whiton's class at Drew High School, San Francisco.
"Manga in Japan"


Philosophy S249, Quadrangle Building,University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
"Creation of a Manga/Comic Hybrid." Talk at OSA (the Oriental Society of Australia).

Cynthia Shambaugh's book club, Emeryville, CA
"Henry Kiyama and the Four Immigrants Manga"
Meio University, Nago, Okinawa,Japan.
Conference on global pop culture. "Culture as a Strategy and Intercultural Studies: Post-3/11 Perspective." 「 グローバル化するポピュラーカルチャーと国際文化学
1001 Mariposa, Sacramento State University, CA
"Manga as 20th Century Ukiyo-e: The Past, Present, and Future of the J-pop Engine." --Keynote at the Second Asian Studies Program Symposium-- Reflections on Modern Asia: From Manga to Confucius.
Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan 50 Fremont St. Suite 2200 San Francisco CA 94105
Kanrin Maru 150th Anniversary Special Teacher’s Workshop. “Early Encounters Between the United States and Japan,” with Professor Peter Duus and Gary Mukai. Yours Truly talks on Ranald MacDonald.
Rm. 142 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley.
" The Allure of Hayao Miyazaki, " with Beth Cary, for Dr. Miryam Sas' class on animation.


Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Civic Center.
Panel discussion at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, with moi talking in the afternoon about Henry Kiyama and The Four Immigrants Manga

Japanisches Kulturinstitut, Cologne, Germany
"Creation of a manga-comic hybrid." Keynote address at "Intercultural Crossovers, Transcultural flows: Manga/Comics."
Ono Azusa Hall [小野梓記念講堂], Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
Panel discussion during 76th International P.E.N. Congress, Tokyo, 2010, with Takayuki Matsutani, Satonaka Machiko, Eto Mori, on how manga and anime have depicted the environment, with emphasis on Osamu Tezuka.
Kabuki Hotel, San Francisco, CA.
"My Japan"--Keynote speech at JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Program Pre-Departure Orientation session.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Tokyo, 12:30pm.
"Manga as 20th Century Ukiyo-e: The Past, Present, and Future of the J-pop Engine," Keynote address at "Politics of Popular Culture" conference.
Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105. 7-9pm
"The Allure of Hayao Miyazaki," with Beth Cary.
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 5:30pm
"Tezuka, Astro Boy, and the Manga/Anime Revolution"
University of Massachussetts, Amherst,Herter Hall 227, 5pm.
"Localizing manga in America; localizing comics in Japan"
SUNY, Albany, NY, Lecture Center 6. 7:15pm
"Tezuka, Astro Boy, and the Manga/Anime Revolution"
New People, Japan Town, San Francisco, CA
"The Allure of Hayao Miyazaki," with Beth Cary.
<"GADGET OK! Device Art in Japan" at the Broad Art Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Keynote by Frederik Schodt: “Astro Boy and Robot Love in Japan:  The Nexus of Fantasy and Technology”


Kyoto Seika Daigaku (京都精華大学 Kyoto, Japan
Talk on the history of manga translation/localization.

Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
Osamu Tezuka anime retrospective at the Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
"The Allure of Hayao Miyazaki". In auditorium of San Antonio Museum of Art.
University of California, Davis, 1309 Surge III.
"Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy"
Center for International Studies, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, J.C. Penny Auditorium, North Campus.
Anime at UMSL: "Postmodern Japan comes to St. Louis--"a free day-long symposium where experts in the field of Japanese popular culture will share new and exciting research." Yours Truly on panel on Paprika, with Roland Kelts, Patrick Drazen, Jeni Prough, and Christopher Born.
Center for Japanese Studies, University of California, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Fl., Berkeley, California. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Hayao Miyazaki Symposium. Leading scholars of Japanese popular culture, literature, and film will discuss Hayao Miyazaki's work and his international influence in a roundtable panel discussion. Yours Truly is a "discussant."
Otakon, Baltimore Convention Center, Maryland.
Appearances on Saturday and Sunday.
Nibei Foundation, Los Angeles, California.
"Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy, and the Manga/Anime Revolution"--presentation to Japan Studies Group.
Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, California.
"Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy, and the Manga/Anime Revolution"--presentation to Japan Foundation.
San Francisco residence of Consulate General of Japan
Brief talk at confernment ceremony for Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosettte. Draft of talk here
Professor Saya
Shiraishi's class @ Tokyo Univeristy, Tokyo, Japan.
Discussion about the history of manga translation in North America.
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
Discussion of Tekkon Kinkreet animated film with students, as part of Gorgeous Entertainment's Anime Masterpieces program. Nice review here.
Jason Whiton's class at Drew School, San Francisco.
Discuss manga and anime with students.
Meyer hall, Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Introduction of four animated films in National Cherry Blossom Anime Marathon.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Panel discussion with John Dower and Roland Kelts, after screening of Grave of the Fireflies, part of Gorgeous Entertainment's Anime Masterpieces program.

Stanford University, Center for East Asian Studies, Japan Luncheon Series
At the Center of the Anime/Manga Revolution: Osamu Tezuka and “Astro Boy”

Japanese American Historical Society Gallery, 1684 Post St., San Francisco
Panel discussion with Jason Thompson, in conjunction with "The Many Faces of Manga" exhibit.


Washington, DC. Smithsonian Institution, Freer Art Gallery, Mayer Hall, 2pm.
Anime Masterpieces series at Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery, Mayer Hall. Grave Of The Fireflies Screening And Panel With John W. Dower and Susan J. Napier.

Waterloo, Canada
Anime Masterpieces series at Waterloo Festival of Animated Cinema. Grave Of The Fireflies Screening And Panel. With Brian Ruh, author of Stray Dog Of Anime, and Central Park Media's John O'Donnell.
Berkeley, California, Pacific Film Archives
Anime Masterpieces series at Pacific Film Archives. Screening of Grave of the Fireflies and panel discussion with Roland Kelts, author of JapanAmerica, Susan Napier, author of Anime From Akira to Howl's Moving Castle, and Ian Condry, author of "Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization." Moderated by Dan O'Neill of UC Berkeley.
Los Angeles
Panel discussion at LA Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles--"Reading Manga: A Japanese Phenomenon Comes to America." Moderator: Charles Solomon. Other panelists: Lillian M. Diaz Przybyl, editor from TokyoPop, and Liza Coppola, Sr. Vice President, VIZ Media.
Tokyo, Japan. Temple University Japan (TUJ)
Presentation on Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy to Paul Sutcliffe's manga class.
Tokyo, Japan. JAT meeting. Forum 8, Room 1206, Dogenzaka 2-10-7, Shibuya, Tokyo Phone: 03-3780-0008
"Tezuka Osamu, Astro Boy, and the Roots of Modern Manga and Anime." Cost: Free for JAT members, \1000 for non-members.
Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo American Club in Takanaka.
Lecture titled: "Manga and Astro Boy the humanoid, Japan's postwar cultural icon," at Japan College Women's Association monthly luncheon program, Tokyo. Details here.
University of San Francisco, Main Campus, Xavier Hall, Maraschi Room.
"The Anime/Manga Revolution: Osamu Tezuka and 'Astro Boy'"
February 9, 2008
Washington D. C., Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage)
With Tim Hornyak (and Matt Alt) on Robots in Japanese science and fiction, as part of the"Robotopia Rising Lecture Series" at the Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage) in Washington D.C. Click here for photos.


Fremont, California, Mission San Jose High School.
Julia Madsen's Japanese language class.

San Francisco. Japan Society of Northern California
Cosponsored by the American Friends Service Committee.
San Francisco, Asian Art Museum.
Book signing and talk at the Asian, in conjunction with the "Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga" exhibit.
San Francisco. Asian Art Museum.
Panel discussion on manga with Gilles Poitras, as part of the Blast Off! launch of the "Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga" exhibit. Pics here.
San Francisco. Asian Art Museum.
Guided tour of "Osamu Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga" exhibit.
Santa Cruz. University of California, Santa Cruz, History Department
Cosponsored by the Film and Digital Media Department, Oakes College, and the East Asian Studies Program. Details here.
San Francisco. Asian Art Museum
Lecture to museum docents, as part of training session on "Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga" exhibit.