Matthew "Matt" Thorn (born May 12, 1965) is a cultural anthropologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Manga Production at Kyoto Seika University's Faculty of Manga in Japan. He is best known in North America for his work dealing with shōjo manga. He has appeared at multiple anime conventions, including Otakon 2004. He chose to translate shōjo manga into English after reading Thomas no Shinzō by Moto Hagio in the mid-1980s.
In March 2010 it was announced that Thorn would edit a line of manga co-published by Shogakukan and Fantagraphics.
The following credits are for translation unless otherwise noted:
- 2001 Nights, by Yukinobu Hoshino
- A, A', by Moto Hagio
- AD Police, by Tony Takezaki
- Banana Fish, by Akimi Yoshida (translation, with Yuji Oniki)
- Battle Angel Alita, by Yukito Kishiro
- Dance Till Tomorrow, by Naoki Yamamoto
- Fanning the Flames: Fans and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan, edited by William W. Kelly (anthology, one chapter by Thorn)
- Four Shōjo Stories, an anthology of shōjo manga by Keiko Nishi, Moto Hagio, and Shio Satō
- Hanshin, by Moto Hagio
- The Legend of Kamui, by Sanpei Shirato
- Love Song, by Keiko Nishi
- Maison Ikkoku, by Rumiko Takahashi
- Mermaid Saga series, by Rumiko Takahashi
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, by Hayao Miyazaki
- Project A-ko
- Red Blinds the Foolish by est em
- Sanctuary, by Sho Fumimura and Ryoichi Ikegami
- Silent Möbius, by Kia Asamiya
- Striker: The Armored Warrior, by Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa
- Seduce Me After the Show by est em (supervising translator)
- Wandering Son, by Takako Shimura
- A Drunken Dream and Other Stories (translator and editor)
- ^ "KSU: Faculty of Manga - Dept. of Manga Production". Retrieved 2009-05-12.
- ^ "Matt Thorn Returns to Translation". Publishers Weekly. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
- ^ "Matt Thorn to Teach Manga in Japan". Anime News Network. 2005-07-09. Retrieved 2007-01-29.
- ^ Phillips, George (2004-08-24). "Otakon 2004 - Opening Ceremonies". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-01-29.
- ^ Cha, Kai Ming (4/5/2010). "Matt Thorn Talks About Publishing Manga". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- ^ Deppey, Dirk (March 8, 2010). "Journalista reputation-destroying extra: Four years’ work". Journalista!. The Comics Journal. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
- ^ a b Kai Ming Cha (March 15, 2010). "Fantagraphics Steps into Manga Publishing". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- ^ Thorn, Matt (March 9, 2010). "Moto Hagio collection, Takako Shimura's "Wandering Son"". Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- ^ "Fantagraphics Books - A Drunken Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]". Fantagraphics.com. Retrieved 2010-08-12.