jiro taniguchi

Flighted

The upcoming Flight vol 8 will be the last in series, characterised by Douglas Wolk as representative of the “Smooth Wave” of non-mainstream comics. Taking part in Flight has been a great experience and great exposure, so I felt I had to try to do a story for the final collection. Its got the little blue robot again, a story that’s sort of a homage to Jiro Taniguchi’s Walking Man, along with expriences at Bicof in South Korea last year 🙂

Inbetweener

Been a while since the last post, since the Korea trip its been one thing after another. BICOF was mostly set up as way of getting artists from different countries to interact, scaled up this year cos they tied up with the ICC, with large contingents from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, and much smaller parties of one from places like Russia, Australia, Mongolia and Singapore :p

Quite a few Malaysian though; the Gempak folks were there too, it was nice finally getting to hang out with them a bit 🙂

My dad was hoping to try some Sum Kay Tong, a chicken soup speciality of some sort, but to no avail really, though we did manage to pick up a cook-it-yourself package right at the death at the airport heading back :p

Managed to accost a couple of artists i liked who were attending as well; Hell Baby’s Hideshi Hino and Walking Man Jiro Taniguchi! They were clearly superexcited to meet me too, though it was maybe hard to tell underneath that verneer of Japanese reserve :p

There was an amazing Manhwa museum in Bucheon, lots of cultural stuff to see and do, and every night ended with lots of alkie…

But the best bit was still getting to explore the city in the early mornings, just one foot before the other, getting a little lost, seeing things unseen, half-believing there was this whole other life out there, as though you were 17 again :p