In the "Day 2" post, Michael mentioned picking up GIRO by Jiro Ishikawa, which is a lovely little book published in-house by TACO che:
For those that missed my earlier posts, TACO che is a wonderful shop in the Nakano Broadway mall on the west edge of Tokyo, specializing in indie/horror/alternative manga. Basically, it's if the beating heart and cultural brain was manifested into a tiny bookstore of wonders. In addition to selling books by Seirinkogeisha, EnterBrain, Ohta, and others, TACO che has a series of self-published art books/collections. In addition to GIRO, they have also published booklets featuring the Namio Harukawa's thick ladies, paintings by Imiri Sakabashira, and the gay eroticism of Gekko Hayashi.
GIRO itself features an sampling of the intense and rad work of underground artist, Jiro Ishikawa, from comics and minis he cread between 1996 and 2001. Some images here (taken from TCJ.com):
You can actually buy a copy via TACO che, or for US folks at this site (and I believe The Beguiling in Toronto has copies as well).
I didn't want to just write about Jiro Ishikawa, without adding some visual ammunition to the interweb, so I dug up two additional mini-comics I snagged while in Tokyo last year. These are both self-published book and look more like the comics our friends sling at Alternative Press Expo than the typical manga tankobon you encounter. Here are my favorite images/pages from these two minis:
(CLICK EACH IMAGE FOR A LARGER VERSION)
(Cover for スナックまぼろし - "SUNAKKU maboroshi/Snack Bar Phantom")
(Jiro Ishikawa is really into dogs, it seems)
(Cover of チンコマン - "Chinkoman / Dick Man")
(Dick Man fighting. I love the thickness(!) of Ishikawa's lines.)
(Bird demon schoolgirls. Check out that "evil train" panel on the left page!)
(Why does this dog get in on the action?!)
(Beach babe and Dick Man drinking a coke...somehow.)
More scans from Ishikawa's work are on this Japanese blog.