Writer and comic creator Ally Russell gives an in-depth review of Dokudami Tenement (Vol 1) over on the Broken
Frontier website. Jump >>>HERE<<<. Thank you Ally Russell and Broken Frontier.
Mitsuhiro Asakawa has an article/interview in the japanese magazine Spectator this month about Yoshiharu Tsuge.....
Koike Kazuo and Yoshitani Keiji’s High School Student Ruffian - Serialized in Manga Action from 1971-1973.
'Talk about toxic masculinity and a retrograde conception of sexual consent. Koike Kazuo and Yoshitani Keiji’s High School Student Ruffian. Serialized in Manga Action from 1971 to 1973, the eight volume book edition sold over a million copies and was adapted into three films. About a teenage boy who quits high school in Kagoshima to travel to Tokyo to find his brother, who is in hiding from the police after participating in the barricading of Tokyo University. En route, he swindles weak and gullible older men and seduces every girl he meets. Correction: he rapes every girl and woman he meets, even offering little tips about how to do it properly so that the victim not only submits but falls in love. Essentially, the manga was a best-selling handbook for young men about how to be respected by men and adored by women as a jerk and predator. Frightening to consider the impact something like this had. While Koike was helping to push gekiga to new heights with Lone Wolf and Cub, he was also helping to ensure Japan would stay chauvinistic and misogynistic by writing poisonous trash like this. I am reading it to better know Manga Action and the gakuran (male school uniform) genre,which Baron Yoshimoto parodied in his short stories from the same era.'
- Ryan Holmberg, 24th January, 2018.
Follow Ryan's Instagram and view the original text and further photographs over at >>> @mangaberg <<<
(Republished with kind permission from Ryan Holmberg.)
I went to the Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha exhibition at Ginza Graphic Gallery - DNP on Saturday. I wanted to see the spectrum and variety of work Hirano had created during his lengthy stay at Shobunsha as well as get some inspiration for a new series I am working on that will come out this Summer.
I was pleasantly suprised that one of Tadao Tsuge's books was included in the exhibition. You can see my photographs below.
Here's the exhbition deets -
"For roughly three decades between 1964 and1992, Kouga Hirano was in sole charge of the covers on books published by Shobunsha. Indeed, it is a rare feat a single designer to handle all a publisher's output. Shobunsha was the standard-bearer of the counterculture days, and Hirano's unique style blew a breath of fresh air through the publishing establishment.
Here, some 600 of the more than 7,000 titles Hirano Produced over nearly half a century are on display, focusing mainly on his work with Shobunsha.
There will also be around 80 works printed on Japanese washi paper on display, including distinctive decorative hand written letters; works freshly returned from an incredibly popular exhibition in Taiwan this spring, and many of his theater and concert posters and flyers that have been retouched by Hirano himself, some even with added notes.
Visitors are able to take the book covers in hand-just as if they were in a secondhand bookstore - to see and feel the close bond between books, publishing, cover designers, and the times."
I went to the opening party on Jan 20th. Below you can find some of my photographs of the event.
Here's the official show details-
"NANZUKA is pleased to present an exhibition of works by the legendary artist Toshio Saeki. This marks Saeki's first solo presentation at the gallery, and is the largest solo exhibition to date to feature a comprehensive selection of his original works.
Toshio Saeki was born in 1945 in the Miyazaki prefecture, and after spending his childhood years in Osaka, moved to Tokyo in 1969. His distinct works that interwove elements of eroticism, humor, and horror had gained the praise of Shuji Terayama and Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, leading to him to make his debut on the pages of Heibon Punch magazine in 1970. In the same year he released his first publication entitled Toshio SAEKI art book（Agrément-sha）, and despite holding an exhibition that introduced the original works featured, all of such had been stolen after its closing. Saeki's work soon gained enthusiastic popularity internationally, such as its use for the cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1972 album,“Sometime in New York City.”
The world of black humor and eroticism that permeate Saeki's works is replete with provocative gimmickry, which by means of unveiling various sexual taboos, serves to stimulate our inner selves. From observing the high literary qualities of his works as conceived through the various forms of love and desire that are inherent within them, it is indeed evident that such have not necessarily been depicted through mere lustful inclinations. Moreover, viewers recognize how the “lines” which define the exquisite boundaries between the simplicity and calculation that constitutes his works as art, through them increasingly amplify their persuasiveness.
Saeki's works that can indeed be considered as contemporary Shunga (erotic art) or Yokaiga
(ghost and monster art) are not confined to the context of Japan's underground illustration scene. Saeki continues to receive increasing international acclaim, having held exhibitions in recent years in countries across the globe including the UK, France, Israel, the US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; as well as the successive release of his publications such as Rêve écarlate（éditions Cornélius), YUMENOZOKI: Toshio Saeki Artist Book (Kokushokankokai Inc.), and Toshio Saeki 70 (Seirin Kogeisha).
In addition to some new works, this exhibition introduces a selection of Saeki's original illustrations centering on those produced between the 1970s and 1980s. On this occasion, Saeki also engages in the challenge of creating a large-scale mural in color.
An opening reception with the artist will be held on January 20 (Sat)."
From the Gosh Comics Website -
"Ryan Holmberg will be at Gosh Comics on Monday 12th February 7.30pm - 9pm to celebrate the launch of Breakdown Press' latest, Fukushima Devil Fish by Katsumata Susumu, with a presentation on gekiga manga, focusing on the works of Matsumoto Masahiko, Tsuge Yoshiharu, Hayashi Seiichi, and Katsumata Susumu.
A comics and art historian who has become one of the West's leading manga scholars, Ryan Holmberg spearheaded the collections of classic manga produced by the late, lamented publisher Picturebox. Masterminding collections by artists such as Osamu Tezuka, Shigeru Sugiura, Seiichi Hayashi and Yuichi Yokoyama, Holmberg was responsible for casting light on a genre of manga little-seen by English language readers. In recent years he has worked closely with Breakdown Press to bring fresh translations of classic gekiga (or "dramatic pictures") manga, including their latest: Fukushima Devil Fish by Katsumata Susumu:"
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
VIEW MORE PHOTOS >>HERE<<
You should go and support this Kickstarter.It's been put together by Ronald Wimberly.
I've read read Ronald's comics and also some his pieces of comic criticism. He's insightful, observant,witty, and gets to the heart of the matter and expresses opinions on subjects that are not addressed often enough. I like that.
The Kickstarter will fund the release of an annual full-colour broadsheet (large) newspaper that will contain comics, criticism, interviews, artwork, and writing on identity and popular culture.
I am super stoked to see this happening !
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While stock lasts...
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 ,.
B.H.P / hakusen