HAPPY NEW YEAR!
on manga, robots, US-Japan relations, and history.(For Fred's FULL BIBLIOGRAPHY, click here).
FRED'S BOOKS IN THE NEWS (Click HERE For ASTRO BOY ESSAYS ):
01/01/2012. Lovely review of Astro Boy Essays on TamTam Books site, by Tosh: "The perfect book for me to pick up at Shibuya Tower."
04/01/2011. Finally! Thanks to maestro designer Raymond Larrett, of Unbound Ebooks, the long-out-of-print classic, Inside the Robot Kingdom is now made available again, this time as an e-book on Kindle , Nook, and the Apple iBookstore. Free-flowing text, plus several new color photos!
02/17/2011. On the always-interesting Comics Worth Reading blog, Ed Sizemore writes a lovely review of the new/old Collector's Edition of Dreamland Japan, stating that, "Dreamland Japan is recommended for all comic fans, not just for the historical information, but because Japan has truly understood that comics are only limited by our imagination. Everything can be manga, if we just have eyes to see."
01/17/2011. On The Comics Journal affiliated site, The Hooded Utilitarian, Sean Michael Robinson writes a review of the now nearly thirty-year-old Manga! Manga! and does an interview with Yours Truly. Thanks, Sean!
00/00/2010 Marco Pelliteri, in his book, The Dazzle and the Dragon, writes, "Frederik L. Schodt [is] one of the most referenced authors in the world by those who deal with manga, for his pioneering books Manga! Manga!  and Dreamland Japan  and others devoted to Japan for various reasons [1988, 1994]."
08/19/2010. Ruth Paget, on her blog, "Belle Vie and More," reviews Manga! Manga! and says that not only is the book partly responsible for manga sections in U.S. bookstores (as well as "crowds of teens and adults reading manga from right-to-left") but that "For anyone interested in understanding the appeal of manga, Schodt’s Manga! Manga! still delivers the answers."
06/25/2010. Cynthia Grossen, in her article titled "Reading Japan" in the Wall Street Journal, says "Manga, long-form narratives in comic form, are wildly popular in Japan, and reading them, wrote Frederik L. Schodt in 'Dreamland Japan,' 'is like peering into the unvarnished, unretouched reality of the Japanese mind.'"
06/16/2010. Deb Aoki, manga artist and critic/commentator posts on Twitter: "@debaoki: my pick for #booksthatchangedmyworld? hands down its manga manga! by @fschodt --it opened my eyes to a whole new world of comix. "
03/04/2009. Review by R. DelParto on Amazon describes Native American in the Land of the Shogun as "...a good example to how those who read and write about history tend to overlook particular individuals who may not have been leaders or dignitaries....Native American in the Land of the Shogun is a daring narrative that challenges history and shapes how it is told. "
11/2008. Issue No. 293 of The Comics Journal has a lovely review of The Astro Boy Essays by Rob Vollmar, in which he says, "....Schodt creates a compelling narrative about an artist and his most famous character that will serve as an invaluable reference to comics and manga scholars for decades to come."
07/24/2008 Good books have long lives! "Tomodachi" reviews Dreamland Japan on his blog titled Consuming Japan. "I honestly can't recommend this book enough.... [T]his is as close to perfection as you're likely to find."
07/15/2008 Kransom reviews both Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan on his blog, Welcome Datacomp. He descibes Manga! Manga! as a "concise but focused set of essays that would be a good introduction to the subject," and "a fairly engrossing read, [that] actually has a fair bit of authority behind bits of it...." Of Dreamland Japan, he writes, " I love it so much that I will not write a single bad word about it."
07/01/2008 In an article titled "*Essential Books About Manga Recommended,"on her Comics Worth Reading site, Johanna Draper Carlson reviews both Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan. Of the twenty-five-year-old Manga! Manga!, she says,"It’s an astounding overview, introducing manga and Japanese culture to Americans with extensive detail and plenty of illustrations and sidebar notes. .... A foundational must-read."
04/25/2008 With the headline, "Meet the Man Who Predicted Japan's Humanoid Robot Craze," Lisa Katayama features Inside the Robot Kingdom in her very cool bi-weekly column, Mangobot ( about Asian futurism, on the IO9 site). Calling the book a "classic," she quotes from Chris Baker, senior editor of Wired magazine, who says, "The only problem with the book is that it was released ten years ahead of its time."
11/15/2007 The Library Journal reviews Astro Boy Essays and says "This engaging book will be of wide interest to fans and pop-culture students; recommended for all collections."
11/2007 MANGA! MANGA! makes a guest appearance in Wired magazine's November, 2007 issue, in the very fun "How Manga Conquered the U.S., a Graphic Guide to Japan's Coolest Export" by Jason Thompson, with original art by Atsuhisa Okura. View and download the whole work HERE!
06/2006 Review by Trevor Carolan of NATIVE AMERICAN IN THE LAND OF THE SHOGUN in June 2006 issue (No. 63) of Kyoto Journal. Carolan describes the book as "brilliant, absorbing" and rendered with "the accuracy of a trained academic and the excitement of a skillful novelist."
06/2006 Interview/review article by Meg Nakano, titled "From Manga to Ranald MacDonald: The Inquiring Mind of Frederik L. Schodt," in June, 2006 (Vol. 30, No. 351) issue of Eye-Ai magazine. Of my work, she writes "....fresh insights, deep factual research, written in an easy-to-read style. We can experience new and hidden worlds that are broader than our own, and look forward to books that are pleasantly unexpected. It doesn't get much better than that."
06/2006 Review by Hillel Wright of NATIVE AMERICAN IN THE LAND OF THE SHOGUN in June 2, 2006 issue (No. 636) of Metropolis magazine. After cautioning readers that this is "not a book about hamburgers, but rather about a fascinating 19th-century adventurer," Hillel gives a synopsis of the book and MacDonald's life.
05/2006 Review by Kit Oldham featured in May 19, 2006 issue of HistoryLink.Org ("The On-line Encyclopedia of Washington State History"). "This engrossing biography gathers extensive documentation of MacDonald's life and provides comprehensive and fascinating background context, from Hudson's Bay Company activities along the Columbia to the American whaling fleet and of course the history and culture of nineteenth-century Japan."
12/2005 Rave review of DREAMLAND JAPAN in JOG'S blog, which describes the book as "required reading, one of the core texts on manga in English" and being way ahead of its time--"If this book was too esoteric for 1996, it is absolutely ready for today."
10/2005 Excerpt/article from NATIVE AMERICAN IN THE LAND OF THE SHOGUN published in FALL 2005 edition of Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, pp. 24-32.
09/2005 MANGA! MANGA! THE WORLD OF JAPANESE COMICS is mentioned in Kirkus Reviews Graphic Novel & Comics Spotlight (2005), and its publication is included in a timeline of "Must-Know Dates in Graphic History" (p. 10)
08/2005 AMERICA AND THE FOUR JAPANS was reviewed by the Midwest Book Review in August, 2005, and described as " A 'must-read' introduction especially for international businesspeople and anyone whose career or personal interest lies in coming fully to grips with the dynamics of U.S.-Japanese economic, political and cultural interaction." Not bad for an eleven year old book!
01/2005 NATIVE AMERICAN IN THE LAND OF THE SHOGUN was named one of the outstanding academic titles of 2004 byChoice Magazine (affiliated with the American Library Association). It was described as "A remarkable tour de force, so rich as to defy easy categorization. E Read the press release HERE, or purchase a copy by calling Stone Bridge Press at 1-800-947-7271, or by clicking on AMAZON or Barnes and Noble