An essential part of collegiate studies is the idea of presentation and publication – offshoots, primarily, of paper submission. As such, it may be hard to find appropriate resources for one’s paper on manga in the US or find the right place to submit once your professor has had a look (if you’ve even written one on the subject). In other cases, some of you may be in college presently and may want to apply what you’ve learned to the things you’ve read or watched, but don’t feel you have the academic outlet to do so (as I did when I was in school). Whether it is because your major or classes don’t allow it, or a lack of opportunities on campus, I believe that you should follow your passion and try anyway. As such, I’ve collected a handful of websites I found useful for my pursuits into the academic side of manga/comics that you may find helpful in yours. Here is to happy writing and achieving those academic goals of getting your work out there! The resources are as follows:
The Anime and Manga Studies Website (Link: https://www.animemangastudies.com/)
- The benefit of this website is that it collects a handful of resources that you can go when writing your papers or seeking to get them published. Under the “Bibliographies” page, you can find many links to articles, chapters, and books on the study of anime and manga. Under the “Resources” page, you can discover journals that accept submissions of academically focused works on anime/manga and a list of universities that offer courses or majors in such studies.
Comics Studies Society (CSS) (Link: http://comicssociety.org/)
- Like the Anime and Manga Studies website, the CSS is a group devoted “promoting the critical study of comics, improving comics teaching, and engaging in open and ongoing conversations about the comics world.” The CSS has their own academic journal that you can submit to and is likely to open for Spring presentation submissions soon.
- Funimation has a blog on their website that is free to access. Any student, particularly undergraduates, interested in boosting their writing resume for journalism clips or comic/manga/anime graduate studies applications should consider aiming to be published by Funimation or a similar branded blog/newsgroup.
- ANN is another organization that one should consider aiming to be published by as a student, particularly undergraduates, interested in boosting their writing resume for journalism clips or comic/manga/anime graduate studies applications.
Best of luck, my studious friends!