Taiyo Matsumoto has a new exhibition of work at Tobichi. Around 10 pieces, all beautiful as always.The lucky people at angouleme comic festival next year have got a great exhibition of Matsumoto-sensei's work to view, I'm a bit jealous. Anyway, I took these photos last night. It's getting cold and wet in Tokyo these days, bundle up and keep warm. (Original Instagram post is here with link to location of gallery)
#taiyomatsumoto #illustration #mangagod#blackhookpress #tobichi #sunny#angouleme #baby #tekkonkinkreet
We'll receive the Bonten books 22nd December so we will probably spend up to Christmas mailing them out- Happy New Year!
The book is 3 colour print (red/blue/black) + full colour cover and dust jacket. 188 pages inc. bio'. Thankfully the printer made a mistake in the Yukio Mishima story on the first print run which allowed us to get assistance from Ryan Holmberg on the editing and tightening up some things. Being a start up we are still continuing to learn and make mistakes. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger and all that. This book is very good, you should buy it so here's a direct link to Badass Babe by Bonten Taro.
#bontentaro #gekiga #badass #babe#katana #70s #sexandfury #indiecomics#indiepublishing #revenge #killbill#horrormanga #tattoo #barenakedladies#koenjifuckingcity #galleryhakusen#yakuza #cultclassics #yakuzatattoo #killbill#quentintarantino #pinkeiga #sexploitation#yukiomishima @horiyoshi_3 #koenji
We have started shipping our latest book pick up a copy of Tadao Tsuge's Tale of the beast.
We printed in Garo blue (old school colour inks) and I think it looks really cool.
We are also very grateful to Misuhiro Asakawa for writing the epilogue.
Tale of the Beast is a A 140 page book by the Gekiga master Tadao Tsuge. A5. Originally published in Comic Baku in December 1987.
Postscript! Chris Ware (Yes, that Chris Ware) recently talked about his fondness for Tadao Tsuge's stories,
I've posted a screenshot below!
#gekiga #mangaka #vice #sliceoflife #Btadaotsuge #Tokyo #manga #alternativecomics #japan #racism #1980s #ax #garo #yagyo #chrisware
This year I took time off/ a sabbatical from CAT to focus on other things so I really don't deserve the mention I get here for this years festival as I wasn't really part of it, it's all down to Aude Yukiko,Adam Pasion,Ian Lynam and several others who are shy of social media. Anyway BHP will be tabled by my often partner in crime Shinjiro Saito from Gallery Hakusen so please give him all your money for the goods. This year looks to be a solid gold line up!
Here's an article in The Japan Times about CAT and Kaigai Festival, both of which are happening this weekend!
Currently Japan Post, the national mail service that operates in Japan, in struggling to get all its small packets and SAL deliveries sent in a timely manner. As we ship a lot of SAL and small packets (i.e your books) this will affect delivery dates for Black Hook Books.We apologize for the inconvenience caused and we hope Japan Post can get thing back to normal as soon as possible. Below is a screen grab from Mandarake book store's website which appears to show their customers are also suffering from the current delays. Best BHP
After a late night and early morning and then a long afternoon we've submitted 'Tale of The Beast' to our printer.
We are looking forward to seeing this when it's printed. It's our first larger book that we've printed trying to replicate the colours that printers were using for Gekiga from the 60's to the 80's.
Here's the link if you haven't ordered yet -
The good folks (Ally Russell) over at Broken Frontier have done a review of Dokudami 3.
You can find a link >>HERE<<.
Dokudami Volume 3 (Killing Me Softly) is now at the printers.
This volume explores transgender issues in 1980s Tokyo. That's Dokudami Tenement 3's theme in this dark story of Yoshio's friendship with a troubled transgender salaryman Frankie. This story pulls no punches and is likely to offend some. 144 pages inc. bio and bonus materials.
You can order through out Bigcartel site -
We have finalized the stories for our first BonTen Taro translation and the book is going to be a corker!
BonTen was a prolific Gekiga artist & storyteller. For the first book we are going to showcase
2 of his Yakuza action-thriller series, 2 of his finest horror stories, and his Gekiga biography of Yukio Mishima.
We will try and have this finished and ready for the BonTen exhibition at Taco Che (Mandarake),
@ Nakano Broadway on 21st July.
You can pre-order through our Big Cartel website here-
Take a look below at some sneak peak images.
Dokudami Tenement Vol 2, Confessions of a Mangaka, arrives this weekend.
These will be mailed out to pre-order customers over the weekend with the bonus bits included.
Volume 3 is in its final stages of production and will follow soon.
Thank you for everyone's support!
This volume is DOPE!
(For people who haven't ordered yet there are a few signed (hanko'd) copies of volume 2
over on our BIG CARTEL and they will be shipped a week after all pre-orders have been shipped!)
B.H.P / hakusen