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Chūbu Printing akahon "Carefree Journey"

Welcome back to my blog!
Chances are it’s only your first or second time to visit and how could I blame you? This blog has been all over the place since I first started it way back when. I use it to talk about my art, my writing, my charity work, and my adventures in and around Japan. Since right around the time of the Kumamoto Earthquake, I’ve been introduced to a whole new world - the world of comics scholarship. I gave my first lecture in May 2016, which was on horror comics history, at Kumamoto University. It went over well and once the Kōshi Manga Museum was opened in 2017, I gave a shorter version of the same lecture combined with a fun workshop there. Based on that I was invited to give a series of 6 monthly lectures at the museum starting in Spring of 2018. I continue to find comics history and scholarship fascinating and so, for the time being, you can expect more posts on comics.
Akahon comic Carefree Journey
Without further ado, Here’s a rare manga (likely can be considered …
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Tokyo Akahon Manga “Gulliver’s Travels” by NAKAMURA Hiroshi

According to a post by akahon manga researcher Yuuzora Retro (pen name), the Tokyo-based publisher Taikōdō (泰光堂) created their Manga Classics series in response to the PTA backlash against manga contributing to delinquency in Osaka.

This is Gulliver’s Travels by NAKAMURA Hiroshi (中村ひろし), a B6-sized 3-color akahon* printed with red ink fills on either blue or green lines costing 85 yen.



NAKAMURA seemed to be the main artist for Taikōdō as evinced by the ad pages at the back.


There is no publishing date, but it probably wasn't too far from 1951 when "Cinderella" and "Snow White" from the same series were published.

Looking at the stamps on the endpapers on the back, we can see that this particular book was rented out at a kashihon-ya (rental comic shop) in Saga, Kyushu called Imazato Neo Shobō. It was lent to me by a Mr. Fujita, a collector heavy into Showa-era items. I will continue to introduce the books I was able to borrow from his collection until it joins t…

SENPO MAP and my Beppu adventure

Hello! It's me, patokon with an update on some of the work I've been doing lately. This year, my good friend Junya Hanada told me about his plan to open a guest house in Beppu which is about 3.5 hours away from Mifune where we both live. He also told me that he wanted me to design a series of cards featuring local little-known establishments that guests could choose in order to make their own personal itinerary. I was asked to handle design and illustration duties in addition to managing the volunteers who were students from various countries studying at Beppu's Asia-Pacific University.
First, let me tell you about the guest house. It is called In Bloom Beppu and is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Beppu Station. My friend Junya is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet and is doing his best to make In Bloom Beppu a great place to use as a home base for exploring Beppu. Now let me tell you about the project. My first trip up to Beppu was in Feb. and I met with Junya, …

Gappa & Guma charity picture book

Kumamoto Earthquake Picture Book Project
Here are the details for the crowdfunding project as it is running currently here: https://kumamoto.dreamraising.jp/pr…/kumamoto_pictures-book/. The book:
The picture book is about a kappa (river faerie) named Gappa that lives under a bridge on the banks of a river in a town in Kumamoto (based on Mifune where I live). She likes swimming, fishing, and making music. One day, a terrible earthquake hits and Gappa is forced to abandon her home. She leaves on an adventure where she finds friendship, inner strength, and a purpose. She is faced with scary situations, but each time she remembers something that her Granny Babappa told her long ago and it helps her overcome her fear. During her adventure, she meets Guma, a big brown bear (actually a mountain faerie) who lives in the mountains and they spread Granny Babappa’s wisdom to the kids who need it most.
The main idea of the story is to give kids something to help them overcome their fear when a di…

Kumamoto Earthquake Disaster - Charity Ts and Picture book

I've been posting on FB (https://www.facebook.com/patrick.ijimawashburn) about the earthquakes in Kumamoto. I designed a charity T-shirt to support my recently adopted home. I'm also going to turn these characters into a picture book to help kids find the strength to get through disasters.
Wish me luck.

More information will be posted here: http://facebook.com/artistsdo
Thanks for your support!

Harley Quinn + Deadpool = The New Odd Couple

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I'm lovin' movie Harley Quinn

Of course, I'll always be a huge fan of Harley Quinn's original design by Bruce Timm. But the Suicide Squad design is based on Harley's recent look which is pretty awesome in itself.  Check out these screencaps from the new Suicide Squad trailer. It looks like she's a HUGE part of the flick. Carla Whatsherface's Enchantress (did not like her in Paper Towns so not expecting much from her), Will Smith's Deadshot (always watchable), Jared Leto's Joker (could be insane), Killer Croc, fire dude, whatever... Margot Robbie's Harley steals the show!