Steve Wozniak’s ego is big. Well thats the impression I got when I saw his face emblazoned on the back of every Tokyo Comic Con bag this year. And the bags were HUGE, like bike messenger/Uber eats big. Here’s a photograph of the ‘WOZ’ bag in a scene reminscent of a slightly fatter Aphex Twin in his video Window Licker. (NSFW/+18 only!).
Jokes aside it was a good show. They’ve doubled the floor space on last year so they now occupy halls 9 and 10. They’ve seriously outreached the super hero universe cosplay circles in Japan and made it a central part of the show. Cosplay was abound. And cosplay gets the boys and gets out to play. It was really cute to see all the couples out and dressed up in complimentary outfits (none of which I took pictures of,lol).
Artist Alley was expanded. I saw a few faces from Kaigai Manga Festival and Comic Art Tokyo tabling icluding TCAF, and the McGarry’s, and J.L Mast.
I spoke to Artist Alley participants and some said the correspondence had been a little disjointed with the organizors in the build up to the show but the actual show and sales had been good.
Highlight for me were two signings I attended - Kim Jung Gi on the Movie Plus stand, and Rockin’Jelly Bean on a stand whose name escapes me (sorry).
I attended with manga artist Nathan Chowdry. Highlights for him were all the cute and sexy cosplay ladies and some of the boys, and a joint manga reading he did performing an excerpt of Barefoot Gen with a Japanese actress.
The show runs from Friday 1st Dec - 3rd December.
Tickets are 3,500 yen at the door. It’s about 1 hour by train from central Tokyo.
It looks like this will become a permanent fixture on the Tokyo international comic convention scene.
Website is http://tokyocomiccon.jp/english/index.html
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Found some old stock of Bartkira posters. These are too tatty to sell so we'll bundle them FREE with any book orders of Dokudami or Tsuge (while stocks last) I have about 20 of these if u missed the 1st round! Cheapest book is 16usd shipped
Its a rainy day, so it's a good day to write about the current exhibition at Rainy Day Books in Shibuya.
The bookstore cafe is in the basement of book publisher company 'SWITCH' , their offices taking up the rest of the building.
The location is on Google Maps and about a 15 minutes walk from Omotesando.
Switch Publishing have just published a book by Taiyo Matsumoto so the exhibition ties in with the new publication.
The coffee, and curry, are pretty tasty. I visited on a Sunday afternoon and while the rest of Tokyo was heaving
the cafe was an oasis of calm (cheesy but true).
The event runs for about another week or so.... details are up on the website ,.
We love the limited tees that Youth In Decline produce every year so much so that we've decided to do one of our own
with all round nice person Dirty Robot.
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Tadao Tsuge for CAT, limited Riso Print of 'Sabu the Bruiser', - available at Comic Art Tokyo on 25th November!
It's all a bit last minute but Ryan Holmberg agreed to do a translation of Tadao Tsuge's 'Sabu The Bruiser', Tadao okay'd the print so Comic Art Tokyo is doing a Riso print on the day. This story appeared in Yakyo magazine in April 1974 and is a wonderful representation of Tsuge's ability and why he is held in high standing for his gekiga story telling.
If you are in Tokyo on the 25th come and see the talk (in Japanese) with Tadao Tsuge and Mitsuhiro Asakawa and get a copy of the comic signed by Tsuge after the talk! Super stoked to be doing this book. Details in store for worldwide shipping and if you are in Tokyo on the 25th go here >>>> PEATIX <<<
CHLOÉ JAFÉ X MORIKA YOSHIYAMA have taken over the gallery for 3 weeks for an installation.
We didn't curate the show merely gave over the space.
Chloe is a photographer. She's from France but is now based in Tokyo and works at Magnum Photos.
Morika is an accomplished artist who is currently based in Okinawa and has previously worked with acclaimed photographer Mao Ishikawa
I believe this is their first hands-on exhibition and they have made a wonderful immersive space.
Hakusen Gallery and BHP gave Chloe and Morika financial assistance, gallery space,computer equipment, and Shinjiro and I gave our free time assisting Chloe in her installation of the show.Also this show will not earn Hakusen any commission during the 2 week run of the installation.As such the show was and is both a financial and time-consuming challenge to set up and to maintain.We all have to put bread on the table.
While we had some initial problems with the Gallery/Artist relationship,communication mis-understandings, and responsibilities of each party Hakusen/BHP have come away with a deepened sense of understanding of ourselves and how stressful shows can be for artists with little-to-no hands-on,at the chalk face experience, of putting a personal art show together.
We have come away from this experience wishing to learn further and do it again (especially if you have pieces to sell) so if you feel like you'd like to have your own curated (by yourself) show at Gallery Hakusen and think your works and personal attitude may be similar to what Hakusen/BHP believe in then please get in touch via email and we'll have a chat!
Once again we feel Chloe and Morika have really taken over the gallery so please come and visit the show while it is on! Show ends 28th October at 5pm ! Go see!
(Photographs below are from some of the setting up and of the opening party!)
Congratulations Chloe and Morika on your first joint show together!
This (my) opinion is only worth reading if you have been following this incident and what took place. To catch up, an unbiased article of what occurred can be found over on the wonderful BLEEDINGCOOL website, courtesy of Rich Johnson. I hope his unbiased reporting is reflected in my personal review of the this incident. The comments section after the Bleeding Cool article however is another thing altogether...
Declarations - I thought I would declare my relationship with each party in the need for transparency.
Comics and Cola - I have followed Comics and Cola's reporting since around 2013-2014. I am a qualified educator and
part-time librarian and have experience running school libraries and school reading programs. Zainab's blog initially interested me as Zainab was covering comics and also she also comes from a librarianship background.I still read Zainab's blog and have maintained a sidebar link to it from this site for about 4 years as I feel its content is important to the comic community. My last correspondence/talk with Zainab was in 2015 I think.
Lakes International Comic Festival - I have known Julie since 2014 and was part of a group (read James Harvey and the then BHP crew) that exhibited BARTKIRA at LAKES in 2015. I also helped her with some (Japanese) contacts for LAKES 2016. LAKES will also attend CAT (Comic Art Tokyo) in November.
Although the initial tweet from Zainab doesn't include the words diversity or inclusion I agree wholeheartedly in the inference that the festival (LAKES) needs to be diverse and inclusive.
Unfortunately it looks from the response that LAKES (Julie) gave that they didn't read in the inference and therefore responded very emotionally to a friend. I actually think the word 'slime' is a typographical error and should read 'some' but that's just my opinion.
After this there were further emails and exchanges and blocking and unblocking and nice tweets and bad tweets and support tweets and passive aggressive tweets and solidarity tweets and likes and good quotes and bad quotes and comments and links and signings and everything else that leads to fragmented discussions and stormy opinions and truths and untruths. The whole whirlwind that twitter and social media can become and did become on this ocassion.
Last night I saw an enlightening and well written post written by Karrie Fransman on Facebook about the mess and also about some background details and below is my response (edited for understanding) that I wrote on Facebook. As my Facebook post really sums up my feeling best I will end my article with it.
"This is the second time this year i've seen how important it is when being challenged to step back , take a breath, and not reply until you've had enough time , and discussion with friends, to give your best answer. I feel for Zainab and what she believes in, i feel for julie and what she is trying achieve, i believe that your suggestion of a round table and action is good, its hard for some but its good for all.Fragmented online social media discussions is not the way to truly make positive changes."
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.Opening Evening - Admission is 1,000 yen. Friday/Saturday/Sunday - Free Admission
Probably the best Art Book Fair in Tokyo - You should go!
My review of the Opening Night
Fragmented but succesful - That was how last nights opening in the new venue felt.
I think it felt that way because the 3 main sections (International,Domestic,Food Stands) have about a 5-10 minute walk between each.
In some ways TABF was very fortunate with its previous venue The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Campus,it's bright, green, and airy and it's set over two floors.It's slap bang central Tokyo, within easy walking distance of the Aoyama and Harajuku districts.It is a beautiful venue in a prime spot. And when TABF did its thing there,yes it was busy, but it also felt cozy and calm. Hopefully the new venue overtime will start acquiring a charm.
The New Venue
If you wanted to go door to door from the old venue to the new one it will take you about 40 minutes (if you don't get lost).
The new venue is warehouse space. Its complicated explaining the layout in a way you would understand so
here's a picture.....
A single lift in each building ferries about 15-18 people to the rooms or you can use the stairs).
It got rather busy on the Friday night with some hefty queues but it was manageable after around 6pm
but you can see from my photos it's still kinda busy.
The international section was a lot of photo books, a lot of photo books, still cool though.
Most of the fun action was in Sections A and T. Section A was considerably bigger than section T.
Photos of Friday Night
Here are the photos from Friday night.
Toshiaki Uesugi of the the design studio Mach55go has a retrospective exhibition and book launch currently running at Parco Gallery (behind BAPE Shibuya.)
The exhibition is a must see for fans of his design work with Otomo Katsuhiro as it pulls together all their collaborations
for viewing. It also shows his other extensive work for music,game,fashion, and other areas of japanese popular culture.
I am so gutted I couldn't make the Shohei Otomo talk that took place on Tuesday night as I have been following
his works for a few years now, and was completely gutted the Shohei x Toshiaki collab' t-shirt was sold out as well!
Anyway the PIE BOOKS x Mach55go publication is really cool and is sure to be a go to book for design cues for future Black Hook Press books and posters. Links below the photo gallery.