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Northrop Davis

Associate Professor
Media Arts
School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina

Office MM 216
Phone Number 777-5215
Website We Make Manga



  • MFA, Screenwriting, California Institute of the Arts (1986)
  • BA, Duke University (1983)


Northrop Davis is the author of the book Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood and a screenwriter-- and is now writer of his first manga volume -- who teaches screenwriting and manga/anime studies.  As screenwriter, Davis has sold three Hollywood projects: his science fiction script to Warner Brothers and two pitches-- one to Columbia/Sony Studios and another to 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, both of which he subsequently wrote as screenplays. He has lectured at the Writers and the Directors Guilds of America, Duke University, Cal Arts, UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program, U.C. Irvine, and ten years at Anime Expo. He has been invited three times to lecture internationally, including at the premiere manga program at Japan's Kyoto Seika University(2015). A member of the Writers Guild of America West, at the University of South Carolina, he received the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. In 2015 he was named a Breakthrough Star “awarded to faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, who show phenomenal commitment to their fields through research and scholarly activity.” He has published a number of print articles in the US and abroad in leading publications in his field. His book, Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood was published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic. The manga he wrote, The Hole, is slated to be published this year. For more information, including about his students' current activities and career success, please go to: .