JOSEI, NOT YA
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2022 • 12:00 P.M. PT • ROOM 32AB
Deb Aoki, Jamila Rowser, Dr. Shamika A. Mitchell, Jessica Tseang, and Laura Neuzeth discuss the appeal and impact of josei manga, and the creators they're following from and beyond Japan for comics from the lens of, and for, women and femmes. Panel idea developed with Jamila Rowser. Moderated by Christine Pasalo Norland.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Deb Aoki (she/her) is a seasoned storyteller, teacher, and design thinker who co-created the podcast Mangasplaining with David Brothers, Christopher Butcher, and Chip Zdarsky/Steven Murray. As a comics and pop culture journalist, her work has appeared in such outlets as Publishers Weekly and Anime News Network. In addition to appearing on our panel, Deb moderated the Manga Publishing Industry Roundtable on Thursday, July 21, at 5:00 p.m., participated in the panel Best and Worst Manga 2022 on Friday, July 22, at 6:00 p.m., and led the spotlight panel of Comic-Con 2022 Special Guest Miriam Libicki on Sunday, July 24, at 1:00 p.m. Find Deb on Instagram and Twitter at @debaoki.
Jamila Rowser (she/her) is the founder of Black Josei Press and an award-winning writer who has been creating content in the geek community for over a decade. Prior to founding her press, she co-founded the international meetup group Geek Girl Brunch as well as the hip hop x geek culture project Straight Outta Gotham. Her writing has also been featured in such publications as Essence, Ebony, CBR, For Harriet, Complex, and Broken Frontier. Also on Friday, July 22, Jamila participated in the panel Drawn from Life: Graphic Novels and The World Outside Your Window at 2:00 p.m. and hosted a signing in the Autograph Area (A11) at 4:00 p.m. Find Jamila on Instagram and Twitter at @jamilarowser.
Dr. Shamika A. Mitchell (she/her) is a writer, philosopher, editor, scholar, and educator who teaches at The State University of New York. Her writing appears in a variety of texts including the Encyclopedia of Black Comics and NbA Muslims—Black Muslim Reads. She is also the editor-in-chief of WinC's seasonal magazine WinC Magazine, and the creator of #SalaamFandom, an initiative to celebrate and uplift Muslims in all aspects of fandom. In addition to appearing on our panel, Dr. Mitchell moderated Meet Muslim Comics Creators, Gamers, Cosplayers, and Superfans on Thursday, July 21, at 3:00 p.m. and participated in the WinC panel Race, Gender, and the Comic Book Medium on Saturday, July 23, at 4:30 p.m. Find Dr. Mitchell on Instagram and Twitter at @mutantxfactor.
Jessica Tseang (she/her) is an international comics historian who has moderated over 300+ panels collectively at pop culture conventions around the world including Comic-Con International, and a judge for the 2022 Eisner Awards. She is also the co-host of The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast. In addition to appearing on our panel, Jessica moderated The Forgotten Trio: Letterers, Colorists, and Inkers on Thursday, July 21, at 11:00 a.m.; the Kaiju Kingdom Podcast panel on Friday, July 22, at 1:00 p.m.; the panels A Lasting Legacy in Hollywood and A Look Back at the Incredible Work of Chris Sanders on Saturday, July 23; and the panels Food and Fandom Carried Us Through and Bringing Marvel's Superhero Team to Life onto the Big Screen on Sunday, July 24. Find Jessica on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jessica.the.comic.book.girl.
Laura Neuzeth (she/her) is a Mexican digital content creator based in San Diego whose videos center josei and shoujo manga, anime, mobile games, and Sailor Moon. In addition to appearing on Josei, Not YA, she participated in the panel Best and Worst Manga 2022 on Friday, July 22, at 6:00 p.m. Find Laura on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube at @lauraneuzeth.
Christine Pasalo Norland (she/her) is the founder and president of Hello Barkada, as well as a contributing writer to Popverse and San Diego Magazine. Find Hello Barkada on Instagram and Twitter at @hellobarkada.