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Part 2 of Suzy Amakane features work from the 1996 book "Bomb Kat 100" which collected together 100 "BombKat" comics made from 1986-1994. These nutty comics star a young man and his surreal pets. I don't read Japanese, but the jokes are molded around playing with the formal elements of the characters; eyes, arms and bodies are morphed, stolen, and rearranged in seemingly endless variations.

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BombKat on a soda can!:

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Full color comic by the great Suzy Amakane from the "Vow' book series, 1992.

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Yosuke Kawamura was another great artist featured in the "Tokyo Raw" section of Raw magazine #7. A few years back, I was lucky enough to find a copy of his (Japanese published) 1981 "Exotica" book. Here's a little bio info from the book:

"Born in 1944...he founded 100% Studio with Mr. Nobuhiko Yabuki, Mr. Teruhiko Yumura in 1970. As a freelance illustrator, he has been expressing his own exotic works in the magazines and the advertising field since 1971. And he has been illustrating a cover of "Music-Magazine" since 1976, one of "Angle" since 1978..."

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"Product of Japan" detail, 1978.


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"Product of Japan", 1978. Click image to view larger.


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"La Tierra Del Salsa", 1979, "Salsa Extra en Kioto", 1979.


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"Welcome to the Border", 1974.


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"Living in the Jungle Land", 1976.


Kawamura comic and more crazy 'ratty-line" art from Japan at Wow-Cool Engine Room

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While organizing the Intergalactico archives this week, this small booklet with a King Terry cover popped up and inspired this post. Along with Gary Panter, King Terry is known as one of the originators of the "ratty line" style of art. I first saw his work published in the "Tokyo Raw" section of Raw Magazine #7. I was immediately impacted by the primal energy of his art. He calls it "Heta-uma" which is translated as "Bad-nice" and it describes the powerful ability of "naive" or "untrained" art to be able to deeply move a viewer.

Flamingo Studio is Terry's design company.

Terry's 591 page masterwork is at Picture Box Inc.

Here's a few more images. These are from a 2007 book called "Beach Paradise":

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A Takeshi Tadatsu comic from the New York Press. He has a cool style melding together aspects of artists like Gary Panter and King Terry. Always liked the work. Unfortunately, searching for a website or more of his work didn't turn up that much...He has some work in Typhon (a comics anthology published by Danny Hellman).
Anyone know his story?

Here's a few other illustrations I found:

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