During its panel at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, Drawn & Quarterly delighted fans with exciting announcements. One of the highlights was the upcoming release of Maki Fujiwara’s captivating book, “My Picture Diary,” set to hit the shelves on September 19. The translation work is being deftly handled by Ryan Holmberg, ensuring an authentic reading experience.
Additionally, the company revealed its publication of “Giant Robot: 30 Years of Refining Asian American Pop-Culture,” edited by the talented Erik Nakamura. This remarkable book pays homage to the iconic Giant Robot bimonthly magazine, edited by Nakamura and Martin Wong, which left a lasting impact from 1994 to 2011 before transitioning into a website.
While a “very big new title from an Asian country with five letters” couldn’t be unveiled just yet, Drawn & Quarterly expressed their eagerness to announce it soon, leaving fans intrigued and eager for more news.
The synopsis of “My Picture Diary” presents a heartfelt glimpse into the life of Japan’s esteemed manga-ka, Tsuge Yoshiharu, as seen through the eyes of his wife, Maki Fujiwara. Her artistry beautifully captures a year in their lives, focusing on the joys and challenges of childrearing, housekeeping, and supporting a husband facing inner turmoil. The diary stands as both an inspiring testament to Fujiwara’s resilience and a touching portrayal of the enigmatic Tsuge. Despite the gender divide within their household, Fujiwara’s empathetic narration reveals the complexities of their relationship.
The celebration continued with Drawn & Quarterly’s plans to release the complete works of Yoshiharu Tsuge in a seven-volume set, all meticulously translated by the skilled Ryan Holmberg. Tsuge, a pioneer of gekiga (“dramatic pictures”) comics, garnered recognition for his iconic manga “Neji-Shiki” in 1968, a surreal tale set in a desolate, post-war Japan.
A live-action film adaptation of “Neji-Shiki” directed by Teruo Ishii captivated audiences in 1998, gaining North American acclaim under the title “Screwed,” courtesy of Panik House.
With these incredible releases on the horizon, Drawn & Quarterly continues to be at the forefront of bringing captivating and diverse narratives to fans worldwide.
Sources | Drawn & Quarterly panel at San Diego Comic Con (Deb Aoki), Drawn & Quarterly’s website