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  1. Project Information
  2. List of Girl's Mangaka and Examples of Visual Images:
    Twenty Major Mangaka Who Contributed to the World of Shojo Manga
    (World War II to Present)
  3. Project Schedule (Tentative)
  4. Touring Exhibition Sites
  5. Presenters' Information
  6. Directors' Information
  7. Other Information

Director's Information



(Dr. Masami Toku)
California State University, Chico




Masami Toku is an associate professor of art education at California State University, Chico. She is the general director of the project Power of Girls’ Comics. Her research interest is the cross-cultural study of children’s artistic and aesthetic developments in their pictorial world and how visual popular culture influences children’s visual literacy. She is working internationally, especially with Asian scholars in China, Japan, and Taiwan. Her recent collaborative research project is a cross-cultural study of the relationship between art and children’s comprehensive ability in Japan and the United States, supported by the Ministry of Education and Science in Japan.

Cultural Diversity in Art and Education<>

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• 1999年〜現在:カリフォルニア州立大学チーコ校芸術学部美術教育学科勤務
• 1998年:イリノイ大学にて美術教育博士号取得
• 1994〜1998年:カソリックスクール
(St. Matthew School: 小学1年〜中学2年)にて美術教師を勤める
• 1994年:同大学にて美術教育修士号取得
• 1992年:シカゴ美術学院 
(The School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
• 1989年:三菱化学研究所農芸化学部にて10年勤務の後、渡米

Dr. Nancy Pauly
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

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Columbia College Chicago

Pictures and Bios Coming Soon

Dr. Michael Bitz, Ed.D.
The Comic Book Project

Teachers College Columbia University

Dr. Michael Bitz, Ed.D., is the Founding Director of The Comic Book Project ( An internationally recognized innovator in education, Dr. Bitz has worked to establish creativity at the core of academic learning, and he has done so for some of the most vulnerable children in the United States and elsewhere. As an educational researcher and faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Bitz was an investigator on the landmark study "Learning in and through the Arts," a longitudinal study published by the Arts-Education Partnership in 1999.
In 2001, Dr. Bitz established The Comic Book Project, an art and literacy initiative that has impacted over 50,000 underserved youths. Dr. Bitz and The Comic Book Project have been featured by The Washington Post, National Public Radio, USA Today, and many other media. The results of his work have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and Art Education.
In 2005, Dr. Bitz was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award from Teachers College, Columbia University and was named a Research Fellow by the Robert Bowne Foundation. In 2006, he was awarded the Union Square Arts Award for Social Justice.

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