Middlebury College Museum of Art

Tuesday, September 27

My Journey to Become an American Mangaka: Manga as a Global Form and Promoting Black and Japanese Cross-Cultural Exchange

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

Kofi Bazzell-Smith


Kofi Bazzell-Smith

Kofi Bazzell-Smith is an artist, a fine arts graduate student, and a professional boxer. Pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in New Media at the University of Illinois, Kofi is currently a Mellon Foundation Interseminars Initiative Fellow with the Humanities Research Institution. A US-Japan Bridging Scholar, Kofi studied manga in Japan and creates works in both English and Japanese. His goals are to publish in Japan, to open avenues for more diverse representation in the form, to bridge cultures through art and language, and to pioneer teaching Japanese manga in the United States. Kofi’s current project, Azuki, is a bilingual manga that imagines Black potential in a world where race doesn’t exist.

Azuki, by Kofi Bazell-Smith
Kofi Bazell-Smith, Azuki

This talk is organized by the Luso-Hispanic Studies Department and co-sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

Free and open to the public. Read about Middlebury College’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Wednesday, September 28

Manga workshop with Artist-in-Residence Kofi Bazzell-Smith (open to all ages)

Artist Workshop
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Arts Center, Room 125

Kofi Bazell-Smith, Manga Artist-in-Residence


Artist Kofi Bazzell-Smith will share his knowledge about manga techniques, which he learned under the tutelage of Japanese artists, and teach the audience how to draw Japanese comic books. Attendees are asked to bring a pencil and a ruler, if possible.

Hosted by Luso-Hispanic Studies with co-sponsorship from the Museum of Art, Japanese Studies, American Studies, East Asian Studies, and Black Studies.

Free and open to the public. Kids and teens are welcome! Read about Middlebury College’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Azuki, by Kofi Bazell-Smith
Artwork by Kofi Bazzell-Smith

Thursday, September 29

Manga workshop with Artist-in-Residence Kofi Bazzell-Smith (**open to Middlebury College students only**)

Artist Workshop
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Mahaney Arts Center, Room 125

Kofi Bazell-Smith, Manga Artist-in-Residence


Artist Kofi Bazzell-Smith will share his knowledge about manga techniques, which he learned under the tutelage of Japanese artists, and teach the audience how to draw Japanese comic books. Attendees are asked to bring a pencil and a ruler, if possible.

Hosted by Luso-Hispanic Studies with co-sponsorship from the Museum of Art, Japanese Studies, American Studies, East Asian Studies, and Black Studies.

Free and open to Middlebury College students only.

Azuki, by Kofi Bazell-Smith
Artwork by Kofi Bazzell-Smith