Yuko and her father always stop at used books stores when they take trips to Japan. Several years ago she brought home 2 books of short stories called Gunjyo Schooldays, by author Aki Irie. I adore them… there’s a lightness and whimsy to it that really does it for me. The next time Yuko went…
I got pretty carried away with this answer, and then when I finally finished I noticed that I can’t even find the original ask anymore. So you’re going to have to take my word that at some point someone asked me this question.
Also hi Minty I have a comic for you, it is made of slightly creepy dreams and friendship.
I always find this style of work appealing - it’s loose and gestural, yet it’s still well composed and clear. You can understand what the figures are doing in each panel with what appears to be a hastily drawn line. The ink looks like it was just thrown at the page, like each panel was drawn in an instant. But, each panel holds together. It doesn’t feel like the arrangement of the figures is sloppy, or that the negative space is awkward.
I don’t read or speak French, so I don’t really know what happens in the story, but this is a book I like to look at from time to time.
Finally a North American release ( with English translation! ) due out later this year. Drawn and Quaterly
I love this book. Masterfully written and drawn by this wonderful duo of illustrators/cartoonists Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset. I asked Sébastien when we met them at a gallery show at Arludik who, what where in the world did this story come from. He waves both hands in disclaim and says, “Marie.” Amazing.