Zack Davisson – Featured Guest

Updated Sep 15, 2023 @ 1:43 pm

Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer, and folklorist. He is the author of Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, Yurei: the Japanese Ghost, Amabie: Past and Present, and Yokai Stories, and translator of Shigeru Mizuki’s multiple Eisner Award-winning Showa: a History of Japan, Tono Monogatari, and Kitaro.

He has translated globally renowned entertainment properties such as Go Nagai’s Devilman and Cutie Honey, Leiji Matsumoto’s Space Battleship Yamato and Captain Harlock, and Satoshi Kon’s Opus. He currently translates Cat + Gamer, Record of Lodoss War, Manga History of Japan, and other titles.

In addition, his work includes Demon Days from Marvel comics, Wayward from Image, and The Art of Star Wars Visions from Lucasfilm.

He lectured on manga, folklore, and translation at colleges such as Duke University, Annapolis Naval Academy, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, UCLA, and the University of Washington and contributed to exhibitions at the Museum of International Folkart, Wereldmuseum Rotterdan, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Miyuki, dog Mochi, cat Shere Khan, and several ghosts.