Anime USA 2019 is ecstatic to welcome educational guest, Jed Henry!
We are ecstatic to welcome Jed Henry to our educational guest line up for 2019! Where does the word manga come from? Did you know it was originally used back in the 1800s to describe traditional Japanese prints? Artist Jed Henry is an original manga designer who works in this old style. His work bridges the gap between modern manga and video games and the 1800s Edo Period style art.
His love of Japanese art and culture can be traced to his childhood love of video games and a visit to Tokyo later on in life. He studied animation at Brigham Young University, where he honed his craft and continued to study Japanese culture and history. He took a particular interest in Ukiyo-e, or “floating world” culture due to its vibrant depictions of monsters, villains, and heroes; a style which influences Japan’s video game industry today.
Jed has been known to collaborate with artist David Bull by taking characters from pop culture, like Supermario and Pokemon, and melding them elegantly with Edo period woodblock print processes. Jed and David’s creative techniques and personal histories are discussed in depth in a documentary titled Art of the Game: Ukiyo-e Heroes.
Jed is also known for his work in the 2017 indie action RPG Edo Superstar, whose main character is a fame-obsessed ninja monkey. He is not limited to the realm of traditional woodblock printing and video game design, however. He also wrote and illustrated various children’s books, like Cheer Up, Mouse!, Good Night, Mouse, and I Speak Dinosaur.