Just a few days into 2009, and there's a huge mass of Shintaro Kago news to report. These details regarding new goods, books, and appearances are gleaned from his site, the Taco Che blog, and from friends in Japan.
+ New years 2009 greetings from his site!
Here is Kago's first post of 2009, with a sketch celebrating the year of the Ox:
+ Manga release and signing event at Taco Che!
To celebrate the release of his newest manga collection, Shintaro Kago will be appearing at Taco Che and signing copies. The event will take place on February 1, 2009 from 3:00 - 4:00pm, and Kago will also be selling copies of his DVDs, prints and toys.
Kago's first new book in 10 months is called, おばあちゃんが死体くさいよ (Grandma's Stinking Corpse) and goes on sale 1/20/09 for 1260 yen. According to his site, the book includes 26 full-color pages... awesome! I am hoping that either Nate or Schultz will be on hand to document the event and send some pics.
Full event details (and directions to Taco Che) are online here. If you're a SH reader and go to the event, it'd be cool to mention this site and his large (and growing) squad of English-speaking fans!
+ New and disgusting Kago toys! In his latest post, Kago shows off three additional toys that he's created. Too bad these weren't available in time to be stocking stuffers?
For pics of other Kago toys, see Nate's earlier gallery show report or this section of Kago's site.
+ Kago once again posting daily drawings! For a while last year (or was it 2007?) Kago was posting daily sketches and gag comics on his site. Just last month, he has started up again. I might try to do a weekly recap, but here is the current batch. On this page, Kago basically updates the seven links on a rolling basis, so it's good to bookmark the link. You can find his previous sketches by trolling backwards through the numeric links. Here are the current 7 drawings:
SUNDAY - Robotic Artificial Leg
MONDAY - Anus Buffet
TUESDAY - Doraemon's Suicide ("To Hell!")
WEDNESDAY - Ishizuka Hidehiko's Suicide (Overweight comedian & variety show regular)
THURSDAY - Life Note ("When a name is written, their corpse is resurrected !")
FRIDAY - Pimple Comb-over
SATURDAY - The Tatchi Method of Killing
AN OLDER ONE:
+ Cover to Shintaro Kago DVD compilation
Finally, here is the cover to Shintaro Kago's DVD collection of experimental short films. I received this image from my new friend Bharath, of NUMBER21PIX fame.
(Click above to download a huge, 3.5MB scan from megaupload)