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Faculty Member’s Presentation to Honor Cartoonist’s Milestone

Joseph E. LeBlanc
Joseph E. LeBlanc
"Will Eisner Week" marked worldwide, at James V. Brown Library
“Will Eisner Week” marked worldwide, at James V. Brown Library

Joseph E. LeBlanc, assistant professor of physics, will share his knowledge of manga, a Japanese comic art form, at the James V. Brown Library this week. The presentation, “The Language of Manga Sound Effects,” is part of the library’s “Will Eisner Week,” celebrating what would have been the acclaimed cartoonist’s 100th birthday on March 6. LeBlanc’s talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the Teen Area of the library’s Welch Wing. The event is open to the public and walk-ins are welcome. The library is at 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport. LeBlanc earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Nagoya University in Japan, where he resided for eight years before accepting a teaching position at Penn College. In addition to speaking Japanese, he is fluent in Japanese culture. James V. Brown Library’s “Will Eisner Week” is held in partnership with The Comic Shop, of South Williamsport, and also features talks titled “Zombie Apocalypse” on Wednesday, March 8, and “Heroes vs. Villains” on Thursday, March 9, both at 4:30 p.m. A presentation on “Character Creation and Design” was held Monday. According to Will Eisner’s website, the late artist’s centennial is being marked at numerous events worldwide.

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