(The Walking Man, Jirō Taniguchi)
(Tank Tankuro, Gajo Sakamoto, c.1935)
Excerpts from Skim (written by Mariko Tamaki, Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki)
This is the graphic novel that got me into graphic novels.
I read it for the first time when I was 17; I’m 22 now and still re-reading it over and over with the same undeniably strong sense of association I felt when I was younger.
Everyone needs to read this piece of magic.
skim is a story i feel like ive seen a lot, yet it still did it the best ive ever seen it done & it blew me away
A lot of Western comics readers are familiar with Yoshiharu Tsuge’s dark, ambiguous stories from the ‘60s and ‘70s (Nejishiki, Oba’s Electro-Plating Company, Red Flowers, and other stories are available in English), and his great 1987 work Muno no hito (L’homme sans talent / The Useless Man(. But did you know that Tsuge started out in the ‘50s, doing crazy crime comics in the early, Tezuka-influnce gekiga style, for the kashihon rental market (these scans are from a reprint collection called 四つの犯罪 Yottsu no hanzai. I don’t know exactly what Tsuge’s relationship to the Matsumoro/Tatsumi/Saito gekiga group was; from what I can tell (from this article published in the great Swiss-German comics journal, Strapazin, for instance), he made his debut in 1954 “in the anthology “bukku Tsukai” (“Exciting Book”) published by the publisher Hobunsha.”
One of my favorite anecdotes from comics history: after the collapse of the kashihon market in the early ‘60s, Tsuge disappeared from manga, and apparently fell into one of his long periods of depression; then, in 1965, in an the early issues of Garo, publisher Katsuichi Nagai ran a classified ad reading, “Yoshiharu Tsuge, please get in touch.” Tsuge responded, and the great period of his work in Garo soon began…
「Hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated, never accept evil. 」
Adding it up.
Pat Aulisio got this rad Japanese prowrestling manga and it contains a bunch of Andre the Giant comics! Glad I didn’t find this when I was making Andre the Giant Life and Legend cause I’d probably have ripped it off.
Dang, Steve outdid himself on this episode AND on this drawing. Man, dang!
APPLE WEDDING, premieres this Monday, January 13th at 7 o’clock!
It’s been a long time since Tom and me have had an episode on the air. I’m really proud of me and Tom’s work on this one. I love weddings, I love Tree Trunks, I love love. I really wanted to have Tree Trunks to get married on the show!
Haha not everything in this promo drawing gets paid off in the episode itself, FYI.
I’m super proud of this one too. Check it out this upcoming Monday.
From Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #7, here’s “…just passing by!” Alex Niño (1/2)
Thick black gutters are the new old black.
Some fight pages from Kentaro Miura’s new miniseries Gigantomakhia.