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Northrop Davis

Title: Professor / Media Arts
School of Visual Art and Design
Phone: 803-777-5215
Office: McMaster 216
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Cover of Professor Davis' book, Manga and Anime Go To Hollywood.


MFA, Screenwriting, California Institute of the Arts
BA, Duke University

Bio in Japanese (click here)

Northrop Davis is the author of the book "Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood"-- and a screenwriter-- and is now writer of his first manga (Japanese style comics) volumes -- who teaches screenwriting, television writing and manga/anime studies. As writer, Davis has sold three Hollywood projects: his science fiction script to Warner Brothers and two pitches-- one to Columbia/Sony Studios and another to 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, both of which he subsequently wrote as screenplays. He has lectured at the Writers and the Directors Guilds of America, Duke University, Cal Arts, UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program, U.C. Irvine, and nine years at Anime Expo-- and was interviewed in 2020 by Lionsgate Entertainment for the 25th Anniversary of the legendary "Ghost in the Shell" anime Blu-ray/Steelbox 4k Home Video release featurette-- and by French television studio Canal + for a documentary about Hollywood anime adaptations and by BBC News.  He has been invited four times to lecture internationally, including at the premiere manga program at Japan's Kyoto Seika University (2015).  A member of the Writers Guild of America West, at the University of South Carolina, he received the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. In 2015 he was named a Breakthrough Star “awarded to faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, who show phenomenal commitment to their fields through research and scholarly activity.” His articles have appeared in leading publications in his field. Davis and his book-- which was published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic-- were quoted by France’s newspaper of record "Le Monde" (May and August 2017 and in 2021). The American Library Association’s "CHOICE" magazine recommends [PDF]] his book for all ages. The book is in over 900 libraries worldwide. Volume one of the manga he wrote and that his former student, Louise Wang, is a lead artist on, "The Hole," will be published in 2021, followed by "The Hole: Space Airport"(vol. 2, which is currently in production). For more information, including about his teaching/mentoring, students' current activities and career successes, please go to:

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