COOKIES AND COFFEE WITH JULIE TAIT. TODAY I HAD A LOVELY 2 HOUR CHAT WITH JULIE TAIT, WE COULD HAVE TALKED FOR HOURS BUT SHE'S ON A WHISTLE STOP TOUR OF JAPAN SO HAD TO RUSH OFf TO ANOTHER MEETING.ANYWAY SHE'S FESTIVAL DIRECTOR FOR THE LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL IN KENDAL IN THE U.K. WE HAVE A LOT OF SIMILAR VIEWS AND COMIC ARTIST FAVOURITES (INC. JACK TEAGLE ,DONYA TODD, AND JIM MEDWAY TO MENTION A FEW WHICH WAS ACE!) I REALLY LIKE THE WAY SHE'S TRYING TO GO WITH THE LAKES FESTIVAL. SHE TOLD ME SOME GREAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AT LAKES THIS YEAR BUT SWORE ME TO SECRECY (GAAAAA!!!!!) ANYWAY WHAT A LOVELY LADY AND A GREAT CHAT AND THANKS FOR THE COMICS JULIE!
A great night at the Pink Cow. Thank you Akiko and Sean for the manga talks and thank you Seán Michael Wilson and Mitsuhiro Asakawa.. We had about 40-50 people come which was great! Thanks Asakawa-san for a great DJ set and for bringing all the 45s to play. I ditched my laptop set and played an extended selection of Prince, Sly and Sly & The Family Stone , and James Brown on vinyl and it was wonderful! If you are in Roppongi over this next month please pop in and check out Akiko Shim's artwork for the manga book Ronin 47. I think we'll be having another 'do' in October or November! Thanks all who came!
Andy Poyiadgi, Cristian Ortiz and James Harvey showcase at Orbital Comics Gallery space, Soho, London.
There is a really good write-up about this event written by Andy Oliver over on Broken Frontier so there is no point me cutting and pasting bits here and cobbling together an inferior write up when you can go and read it at the source >>>HERE<<<..
This is a great show at a great comic store. Go see it.
From Tonight (preview party August 8th) through to September 7th.
We mentioned this exhibition about 2 weeks ago.
3 great gekiga artists, all with ties to Asagaya, shown over the course of 6 weeks
at Gallery Hakusen, Asagaya.
Up until the 11th August Gallery Hakusen is showing original works by Takashi Fukutani.
YOU SHOULD GO.
Takashi's graphic novel series 'Residence Dokudami' tells comic tragedies of the underclass, the losers. the hustlers. If you want to draw similarities to western stories of poverty and alcoholism, or general down and out life, then think Bukowski's, 'Post Office', or Yates, 'Eleven Kinds of Lonliness', or Orwell's, 'Down and Out in Paris and London' as reference points for Takashi's semi autobiograhical stories of near destitute living in Tokyo as told by the protaganist Yoshio Hori.
The series spanned 14 years and 663 episodes before Takashi Fukutani stopped.
Takashi Fukutani died in 2000 at the age of 48. He died due to pulmonary edema.
Takashi's 'The Vagabond of Tokyo' (a selection) has been translated into French by the wonderful publishers Le Lizard Noir.
Takashi Fukutani has not been translated into english yet but he should be, somebody please!
James Harvey originally wrote this interview for the Bartkira website but we've spoken to Ronald a bit more and added some extras for your enjoyment so please check it out !
The Japanese translation is sure to follow in the next couple of weeks.
We had a fun time at Enoshima Comic-con at the weekend. See you next year!
Check them out at-
http://twitter.com/EnoshimaComicon and http://comic-con.jp/ .
We also met the wonderful Brian Bunting from Galaxy People, check out his vinyl models here-
Here are some photos Zhang took of the Cheap as Chips version of Men in Heels when it showed at ELCAF 2014 in June.
The english version is now at the printers with the japanese version coming some time afterwards.
So Sean Michael Wilson, Asakawa Mitsuhiro and I are going to DJ at Sean's manga talk on the 14th August. As well as producing the wonderful AX manga anthology,among other things, these two absolutely love music with a passion. I went to check out the P.A system with Mitsuhiro Asakawa last night and was treated to a little taster. Beautiful old black records played on age appropriate rare needles. It's gonna be a lovely little intimate night. Those in Tokyo please come. Before 10pm if you're hungry for manga and Californian food, after for free and cash bar. Details on the flyers (I'm not happy with the Ed piskor one, probably re-do that). Come along people and enjoy a vinyl treat!