It's been 9 years since I was last here, but I just arrived in Japan for a few weeks. I'm currently in Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido, where I'm attending the conference of the Cognitive Science Society. I'll be speaking on three separate panels about the cognitive implications of differences between American comics and Japanese manga, about the grammar of sequential images, and about evidence from the brain that we organize sequential images into chunks (as opposed to linear transitions).
Later on in my trip, I'll be heading down to Tokyo, where I'll be meeting several Japanese manga researchers for the first time. I'm looking forward to connecting with these international researchers!