December 16, 2018

This is a paper I wrote in 1989, when I was an M.A. student in East Asian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a new convert to shōjo manga. I was bursting to say something about this incredible genre I had discovered, and particularly about HAG...

February 17, 2018

I'm often asked about this paper I wrote in 2003, because a lot of people are interested in what we used to call yaoi and now mostly call "Boys' Love" or just "BL." I've had it uploaded to for a while, but there's something sketchy about that site, and I d...

September 9, 2017

First, a couple of things. You may noticed I've changed my name. Here's how and why. Since coming out as transgender of couple of years ago, I had been sticking with the name my parents gave me at birth. Needless to say, it doesn't sound like a woman's name. People wer...

June 15, 2017

Today's post is a translation of a post I made to my Japanese blog a year ago. I think it's relevant to my post of a few days ago. (Names are in Japanese order, surname first.)

Last June I spent an afternoon at the research center of the Kyoto International Manga Museum...

June 12, 2017

Since I recently ranted on Twitter about the Magnificent Forty-Niners (here, here), and specifically about how glorifying them diminishes the contributions of their predecessors (here), I suppose I should offer some information about the giants on whose shoulders the w...

May 31, 2017

No, not the Eighteen-Forty-Niners of the California Gold Rush. The Nineteen-Forty-Niners, who created the golden rush of girls' comics in Japan in the 1970s. I was just reading the English-language Wikipedia article on the topic, and frankly it's pretty awful. Sadder y...

February 1, 2017

To everyone who has already purchased or ordered my translation of Moto Hagio’s The Heart of Thomas, please note that there are numerous errors. Most significantly, there is text missing in panels 4, 5 and 6 on page 29. They should read as follows:

Panel 4, Oskar: ….


April 16, 2016

While I'm still trying to put together a coherent intro to the main theme of this blog (to wit, the decline of shōjo manga), I've decided to fill the awkward silence with an essay I wrote in 2004 that seems relevant to the very recent controversy about Scarlett Johanss...

April 10, 2016

Way back in the early days of the World Wide Web, I created the Shōjo Manga Home Page. I was pretty good at maintaining it throughout the nineties (hah!), but slacked in the new century to the point where updates were coming in once every two or three years. Now known...

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February 1, 2017

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About Committee Chair Rachel Matt Thorn

Rachel Matt Thorn was born May 12, 1965, in Pennsylvania. At the age of twenty, she chased a girl to Japan, only to learn that that girl had herself chased a girl to Japan. But she found a new love in Japan: shōjo manga. Although she generally presents as a man, she identifies as a woman. "She/Her," please.

Note: Don't be fooled by the photo; it's thirty years old.

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

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