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.
BombKat on a soda can!:
Full color comic by the great Suzy Amakane from the "Vow' book series, 1992.
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..."
"Product of Japan" detail, 1978.
"Product of Japan", 1978. Click image to view larger.
"La Tierra Del Salsa", 1979, "Salsa Extra en Kioto", 1979.
"Welcome to the Border", 1974.
"Living in the Jungle Land", 1976.
Kawamura comic and more crazy 'ratty-line" art from Japan at Wow-Cool Engine Room
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: