Tråd: To japanske Garo/alternative/gekiga tegnere genoptrykt på D&Q
Jeg har tidligere i Seriejournalens forum skrevet om japansk undergrund, den alternative scene, og gekiga, og anbefalet en amerikansk genoptryks-antologi af historier fra det legendariske alternative tegneserie antologi blad, "Garo". Nu er der to tegnere fra "Garo", der får hver deres hc bog med dejlige genoptryk på det yderst fede forlag Drawn & Quarterly. Bøgerne udkommer den 29. september, glæd jer!
The Box Man
THE FIRST STORY TO BE TRANSLATED IN ENGLISH FROM THE SURREALIST AND ALTERNATIVE MANGA-KA
Enter the strange world of Imiri Sakabashira whose denizens are zoomorphic creatures that emerge from one another as well as their equally bizarre environs. The Box Man follows its protagonists along a scooter trip through a complex landscape that oscillates between a dense city, a countryside simplified to near abstraction, and hybrids of the two; the theme of hybridity permeates throughout. One is unsurprised to encounter a creature that is half elderly man, half crab or a flying frog in this world where our guide apparent is an anthropomorphic, mollusk-like cat. Sakabashira weaves this absurdist tale in a seamless tapestry constructed of elements as seemingly disparate as Japanese folklore, pop culture, and surrealism. Within these panels, it becomes difficult to distinguish between the animate and the inanimate, the real and the imagined, a tension that adds a layer of complexity to this near-wordless psychedelic travelogue.
Imiri Sakabashira (real name Mochizuki Katsuhiro) was born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1964, the same year that Garo, the influential manga anthology in which he would first be published, was founded.
Black and White, 128 pages, 6.25 x 8.5 inches
$21.95 US / $24.95 CDN
AN AWARD-WINNING BOOK FROM A LEGENDARY MANGA-KA AUTHOR
Red Snow continues D+Q’s groundbreaking exploration of the fascinating world of Gekiga in this collection of short stories drawn with great delicacy and told with subtle nuance by legendary Japanese artist Susumu Katsumata. The setting is the pre-modern Japanese countryside of the author’s youth, a slightly magical world where ancestral traditions hold sway over a people in the full vigor of life, struggling to survive the harsh seasons and the difficult life of manual laborers and farmers. While the world they inhabit has faded into memory and myth, the universal fundamental emotions of the human heart prevail at the center of these tender stories.
Susumu Katsumata began publishing comic strips in the legendary avant-garde magazine Garo (which also published his contemporaries Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Yoshiharu Tsuge) in 1965 while enrolled in the faculty of Science in Tokyo. He abandoned his studies in 1971 to become a professional comics artist, alternating the short humorous strips, upon which he built his reputation, with stories of a more personal nature in which he tenderly depicted the lives of peasants and farmers from his native region. In 2006, Susumu Katsumata won the 35th Japanese Cartoonists Association Award Grand prize for Red Snow.
Black and White/232 pages/6.25X8.5 inches
$24.95 US / $29.95 CDN