We came across a nice Youtube review of Dokudami Tenement by Ushio the other day. Here it is for you people to enjoy!
The review of Dokudami begins at 4m 50s.
Black Hook have been asked to show and sell books at Bilbolbul (Bologna,Italy) this November
as part of the small press selection table curated by Delebile (Thank you!).
We'll be selling our three latest comics at the show ! (Takashi Fukutani, James Harvey, and Berliac)
We won't be there in person as we are organising Comic Art Tokyo the same weekend but we will be there in the spirit of our books !!!.
I’ve long known Atsushi Kaneko (Bambi, Wet Moon, DeathCo ) is a big fan and friend of Maruo Suehiro so I was excited to pop along to this ‘meet the artists’ event.
The talk took place at a venue called Asagaya Loft (1 minute from Gallery Hakusen). The name being a bit of an oxymoron in English as the venue is located in the basement of a building.
The event was hosted by Maruo’s publisher Seirin Kogeisha and consisted of a Maruo interview while Atsushi drew and then the pair swapped roles. There was also a discussion with Torico, the director of Shojo Tsubaki, the film based on one of Maruo’s works (see the Youtube clip below!).
This talk was a fans delight with the two guest artists revealing tit bits about themselves ㅁnd their lives (stuff like Atsushi loves drizzling olive oil over his natto, Maruo loves fireworks, they both love the French comic festival Angeloume with a passion), before moving on to a questions written down by the audience, and finally a prize draw where audience members had the chance to win gifts provided by Seirinkogeisha and original artwork from Atsushi and Maruo ! The more items you bought from the specially designed menu for the event the raffle tickets you could get.
The whole event lasted about 3 hours in total and was a great intimate night, check out the photographs below and check out those excited (and extremely lucky!) prize winners below.
Thanks to Orbital Comics staff for making this exhibition happen! Also thanks to James Harvey and Kish Kash for helping me hang the pieces. I am thinking of having a sake and snacks closing party for anyone who want to chat about the exhibition or just say hello on August 13th 1-2pm.
It's really cool that we got staff pick of the week at Orbital Comics!
Thank you to the staff at Orbital for there support!
Check out their comments over at Orbital -
I thought it would be nice to share with you some pictures comparing the new volume 1 with the 1980s print of Dokudami Tenement. Our cover bites from the original vol 6 cover (printed in 1982) and one of our stories (Midnight Mover) from vol 1 comes originally from Vol 14 (1985) of the original series . Enjoy!
Please note the Tokyo office will be closed during the above dates. Any orders/purchases made by customers during these dates will be shipped AFTER the 25th August. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. BHP.
Today was Free Comic Book day.
In Tokyo there were two comic book stores offering free comics- Blister Comics (Akihabara) and Verse Comics (Ikebukuro). Addresses are below.
I decided to check out Verse Comics,Ikebukuro for a number of reasons-
1) They are a new store (opened March of this year).
2) They are in ikebukuro (close to where I live).
3) They had Mangaka Kei Zama doing an in store signing, an illustrator of two of my favourite comics as a school boy - 2000AD, and Transformers (G1).
Verse comics about 5 minutes from Ikebukuro Station and pretty easy to find if you have google maps (it's listed).The store is just off a square that when the weather is good tends to get quite busy with cos-players, and female (mostly) traders of manga character badges and stuff due to the big ANIMATE store being close by.
Verse's staff have been in the comic business for quite a while so are very knowledgeable. They don't speak English but they do have an American member of staff who is sometimes there and from what I gather also responds to emails sent in english to the store. The majority of the stock is in Japanese but they do stock a few english language comics and also have copies of PREVIEWS magazine so if they don't have something in stock you want you could always hunt it down in Previews and they could order it for you. They have a few tees and toys but this place is mostly for comic fans. They also have an exhibition area for artwork.
I went along for Free Comic Book Day and the place was pretty busy. They had a good selection of free comics and were well organised when it came to Kei Zama's signing.
I picked up a good selection of free comics (Rick and Morty, and 2000AD to name 2!), a copy of Previews, and a copy of the Image Comics Street Angel which I am super stocked about as I love Jim Rugg's work!
I am really pleased this comic shop has opened in Ikebukuro and will support it as best I can. If you see me in there please say hi.
Address and links will follow photographs.
2 Stores in Tokyo are participating in the event with special signings happening at each (Check websites for details)
MINAMI BUILDING 3RD FLOOR
4-3-10 SOTOKANDA CHIYODA-KU
Phone: (813) 620-64404
2F, DKY12 Bldg 1-8-6 Higashiikebukuro,Toshima-Ku,
Signing - 原画展示＆Kei Zama (座間慧) - Free Judge Dredd comic!