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!