I have a confession (of sorts) to make to the Same Hat community: Until this weekend, I think I hadn't bought/read any new, non-Tezuka manga in the last seven or eight months?!
A travesty, right? As folks who follow my other random projects have gathered, I've been focusing a lot of my free time on creating zines and anthologies, hanging out with minicomics folks, and printing comics for friends at my little Risograph print shop. Perhaps it's a sign I'm getting older/lamer/jaded, but I simply got majorly burnt out on manga for a while there, and am just now coming back to the fold.
In re-starting Same Hat, I've been working to catch back up and rectify this... Sunday, I stopped by my local Kinokuniya, and picked up a series about which I heard great things: Flowers of Evil by Shuzo Oshimi. I read the first volume last night and found it fun, deceptively simple and... psychologically disturbing. I'm stoked to read the next book tonight.
Do you have a suggestion for a manga I need to read, that came out in 2012? Please school me, my friends!
Okay, so while shopping I snapped a few pics around Kinokuniya of things I like:
The reprints from 2010 of the late Satoshi Kon's manga, "Opus". I love the design of these two soft covers. Detailed scans here:
Ad for Usamaru Furuya's ongoing web serial "Bokuran no Hikari KURABU", on the back of the anthology Manga Erotics F. Pages from the series are online via the Japanese webcomic portal Poco Poco:
[Upcoming SH! posts: details on AkoTako, Poco Poco, and working with Gengoroh Tagame to publish his first ever licensed translation in English!]