Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m.Sunday, September 25, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
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Exploring the global innovations and creative and cultural implications of Japanese anime and manga.

The internationally recognized three-day conference Mechademia combines the vibrancy of fan practices, a fashion show, and anime screenings with presentations and discussions of academic papers, resulting in an enriching and unique experience.

Mechademia 2016: World-Building

Style Tribes: The Evolution of Street Fashion

Samantha R. Crossland began her fashion design career with her label Blasphemina’s Closet in 2000. After that closed in 2013, she started her new eponymous label Samantha Rei, which embodies the sweetness, femininity, and attention to detail that has come to be expected from the designer. Samantha Rei draws her inspiration from such illustrators as Chris Riddell, Brom, Tony DiTerlizzi, Brett Helquist, and Mihara Mitsukazu as well as stories like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White. Her hero Alexander McQueen, along with designers Vivienne Westwood, Hirooka Naoto, John Galliano, and Anna Sui, have all influenced her style. She’s been featured in Huffington Post, Shojo Beat, Gothic & Lolita Bible, and Gothic Beauty, and was named a City Pages “Artists of the Year” in 2014. In 2015 she authored and illustrated a how-to book on subculture fashion design called Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion Design and Illustration.

Digital Painting

MCAD faculty member Dennis Lo earned an MFA in fine arts with an emphasis in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He won the Tokyopop Rising Stars of Manga 8 competition in the Horror category. He continues to publish his manga Strange Symmetry online at Comixology.

NYAHpro Cosplay Performance Party

NYAH productions is a cosplay group from Minnesota that is reaching over 27,000 subscribers on YouTube. Beginning with Ouran High School Host Club as their first cosplay, their panels and personalities make cosplaying a fun environment for everyone. Cosplaying and making people happy is their passion. Their workshop will touch on subjects such as public cosplay, entertaining, panels, parties, and beyond, with fun improv skits and other audience participation games.

Full Fashion Panic

This annual fashion show, which usually coincides with Minnesota Fashion Week, is your chance to see the latest sartorial creations by notable fashion designers from around the country who are inspired by cosplay, manga, and anime.


About Mechademia

Since its inception in 2001, Mechademia has become a center for discussion of the cultural study, creation, aesthetics, sociology, fascination, and wonder of the remarkably broad range of objects and practices that have developed around the global proliferation of Japanese manga and anime. It was also the birthplace of the now internationally praised Mechademia book series published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Over the years, Mechademia participants have gained access to notable experts across a wide range of perspectives, including:

  • Paul Benjamin
  • Helen McCarthy
  • Susan Napier
  • Patrick Drazen
  • Christopher Bolton
  • Sharon Kinsella
  • Masami Toku
  • Antonia Levi
  • Brent Allison
  • Brian Ruh
  • Marc Hairston
  • Udon
  • Trina Robbins
  • Peter Paik
  • Crispin Freeman
  • C.B. Cebulski
  • Jeremy Ross
  • Wendy Siuyi Wong
  • Tim Lehman
  • Phil Anderson
  • Ke Jiang
  • Erik Lervold
  • Lea Hernandez
  • Frenchy Lunning
  • Samantha Rei
  • Verssen Werks