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kate brown gives me a manga lesson

I've just uploaded some pics from the London MCM Expo on Saturday. The costumes were brilliant! And I got to catch up with Kev Hopgood and Marc Ellerby, both of whom I hadn't seen for ages, so that was great. Most of the other exhibitors had displays of manga, and I'm just starting to learn about it, so at the DFC stand, Kate Brown gave me a lesson. Then John Aggs, Emma Vieceli and Gary Northfield chipped in some of their ideas for my reading list. (I've only read a few of them, lots of reading to do now!)

Kate's Essential Manga Reading List

Osamu Tezuka: particularly Buddha and MW. Also: Apollo's Song and Phoenix.
Jiro Taniguchi (I like his 'Walking Man')
Taiyo Matsumoto: Tekkonkinkreet, Blue Spring
Katsuhiro Otomo: first volume of Akira (John Aggs's pick)
Keiko Nishi (Kate writes, 'hard to find but worth it!')
Fumiyo Kōno (wiki only in Japanese): Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms
Hayao Miyazaki
Yoshihiro Tatsumi (I already love this guy's urban landscapes but I want to read more of his work.)
Makoto Yukimura: Planetes
Suihō Tagawa: Norakuro (Gary Northfield's pick)
(There was also a big signing event at the MCM by Russian-Canadian Svetlana Chmakova; Emma Vieceli's a fan.)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Chiyoko - Millennium Actress
Mind Game
Yuri Norshteyn: Hedgehog in the Fog / Ёжик в тумане (I love this one!)

I bought a gorgeous album on Kate's recommendation of work by Tatsuyuki Tanaka from a stall by a Coventry-based independent comics shop Astral Gypsy.

Tom Fickling gets a hug. There were a disturbingly large number of very young teenagers standing around forlornly by themselves with 'free hugs' signs. I couldn't quite figure out what that was about.

Gary Northfield drawing Derek with my Vern picture at the DFC stand

Mugging with Emma Vieceli and a shrunken head

The guy who lent us the shrunken head

Marc Ellerby. He drew a fab picture of a flaming chipmunk in the 'Love the Way You Love' book I bought off him.


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Oct. 27th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
I definitely approve this reading list, especially Taiyo Matsumoto. I'd never thought I'd find a comic about sports that I'd enjoy reading, and he did just that with "Ping-Pong". The guy is a total genius.
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks for that! I'll add that one to my Matsumoto pile! :-)
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
blimey! Costumes indeed. Very impressive!

Astral Gypsy is run by Al Davison and his wife Maggie - they have a stall at CAPTION and Al does a regular workshop for us, so you will have seen them and their stall earlier in the year too.
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
I don't think I spoke with them properly at Caption, but I had a great chat with Maggie this time, really glad to connect!
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
It was so awesome to meet you at last, hon!! *hug*
See you soon I hope!
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
Hooray, so glad to have met you at last! And I'm looking forward to lots more good meetings! :-D
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
Mind Game is one of my favorite films!
Oct. 27th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Cool! I'll have to watch it!
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
So, about the free hugs thing, see there : Wikipedia and official site

Also this post in Boulet's Blog : kind of cruel, but terribly true.
Oct. 27th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, bless 'em. Some of them just looked so darn lonely. The one that really made me do a double-take was a kid whose sign read 'free towel whippings'. I mean, if he'd been a teenager I would've just laughed, but he looked about eight. Very odd.
Oct. 27th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
You should watch grave of the fireflies. Warning, you will cry, this film is sadder (and more amazing) than Bambi. Think along the lines of Whispers of the Wind (Raymond Briggs). Also I'm really enjoying Tezuka's Dororo at the moment.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh man, you're like the tenth person who's advised me to see Grave of the Fireflies! I so have to watch that! I wonder if there are any upcoming Miyazaki film festivals, I'd love to see some of these on big screen. Hmm.
Oct. 27th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
'Walking man' is so nice and relaxing :3

I also suggest 'GON' by Masashi Tanaka - absolutly no dialogue, the panels speak for themselves. Really cute :3
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Great, thanks for the tip! :-)
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