Monday, September 24, 2007


This image and text is from the 2005 collection by journalist/artist Timothy R. Lehmann. It showcases the work of a variety of manga-ka, both well-established and unknown in Japan. The illustration above is the work of Maruo Suehiro. I admire him greatly, his bold subject matter, both distrubing and beautiful is a rare treat, in a field commonly reserved for cutesy-mainstream art. (that is, to Western eyes.)

His detail and just the whole of the work is enough to remind anybody of there place, both in the artistic world and human society. Suehiro-sensei was born at one of the atomic bomb sites, in Nagasaki. Is work is dark and depressing--yet bluntly true and humorous. The above depicts Post-war reconstruction brushed over with assorted feelings.

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