Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Evan here. Thought I'd take a moment to tell you about something great I found while shopping for comics in Berkeley the other day...


If you liked "Secret Comics Japan" or "Comics Underground Japan", you'd like this. It was published in 1995 by Fantagraphics Books, and features bizarres short stories by Imiri Sakabashira, Naoto Yamakawa, Kiriko Nananan, Nekojiru, Yasuji Tanioka, Yoshiharu Mitsumoto, and Naoki & Shunichi Karasawa.

You may recognize Nekojiru's work from Comic's Underground Japan, but did you know that there's an OVA movie out for her comics? My girlfriend pointed this out to me the other day. Man, I'm out of the loop... Click here for more info on that...

Oh, and by the way, if you want to read some of her comics online (in Japanese), click here.


Anonymous said...

the version i saw had an advisory on the cover, next to a cat holding a chainsaw or something... this one has a bloody liquid cover.. oooh! liquid!



Anonymous said...

Hi, I found your blog a couple of days ago when I was looking for translated Sensha comics, and was utterly astounded at the wealth of material you guys are putting out. Being a huge Junji Ito fan, I'm really looking forward to his comics that you're translating. "Baptism of Blood" sounds really interesting as well.

Anyhow, keep up the awesome work.

Ryan said...

wow-- thanks for the great, great comment. we really appreciate you coming to the site , and hope you'll keep coming back. we'll be posting a new, radical sensha comic today or tomorrow. Next up is a 30-page maruo comic, but the junji ito short will be following that one.
thanks for the support!

Anonymous said...

I found this site while doing research on Usamaru Furuya... Great idea!
For all fans of underground/avante-garde manga authors, Fantagraphics started putting out an international comics quarterly called Bete Noire. The pages are newsprint and there aren't tons of great entries, but in #1 there is new work from Junko Mizuno and Takashi Nemoto (Future Sperm Brazil, Comics Underground Japan)
So here's what I'm looking for on Furuya. I found this Japanese sticker set printed by Kamio Japan and it looks a LOT like Usamaru's stuff. Short Cuts has me starved for ANY new work of his and I'm trying to verify if these stickers were done by him.
There is some Japanese text (hiragana, katakana, I'm not sure) but nothing looks like a signature. I couldn't find an email address to write you guys personally, but if you want to see a pic of the stickers and maybe help crack this question, you can write me at auberon1@hotmail.com

...and if you don't want to help, that's fine. Keep up the good work either way.

Anonymous said...

Cat Soup is excellent! I saw it three or four times in two days last year and have been looking for a copy of my own ever since ...

I also really want the soundtrack.