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NHM First Fridays 2023: May

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The Natural History Museum, presents First Fridays “Fandoms and Fantasy” exploring the science behind science fiction and the cultures behind popular culture.

On May 5th, First Fridays explores the rise of Asian pop culture and the legacy and work of Giant Robot Magazine. Featuring a panel that includes founders of Giant Robot Magazine, Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong, artist James Jean, filmmaker Dylan Robertson, and acclaimed filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña, who will also moderate the discussion.  We’ll be discussing how Asian pop culture has influenced and propelled popular culture throughout the years from Godzilla and anime to Hello Kitty and K-pop.  How did the groundbreaking work of Giant Robot Magazine help shape the appetite for global fandom staples such as kaiju, mecha, anime, manga, and more? We’ll also look at the enduring popularity of the Godzilla universe!