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.