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Manga Jam #8: Gold Pollen and Other Stories

Manga Jam returns Saturday the 21st for an anthology of surreal avant garde manga called Gold Pollen and Other Stories which features short stories from leading 1970s alternative manga artist Seiichi Hayashi [林 静一].

For those of you who attended our Alt Manga panel last month, we had discussed Hayashi as one of the most influential artists ever in the world of manga - his other full length work Red Colored Elegy was even adapted into both a live action movie and a hit song. Hayashi draws in a style that looks quite a bit different than most people who work in Manga, drawing heavily on earlier woodblock prints and influences as diverse as American comic books and Japanese wood block prints.   Even if this work is unconventional, if you look hard enough you can find some influence on surrealist shorts from Studio 4°C such as Dimension Bomb or to a degree the haunted house short in the Animatrix

These works take a deep look at a Japan that was divided between the impoverished years following World War II and the prosperity that led to the glory days of the bubble economy of the 1980s. They also reveal much about the author’s own personal anxieties and thoughts towards his relationships. In short there will be much to discuss this time around!

Collected last year, these stories were compiled by art historian Ryan Holmberg who was previously a professor at University of Chicago, wrote his dissertation on Japan’s Alt Manga anthology Garo, and currently writes about manga for The Comics Journal.

Don’t forget our special deal Challengers Comics. When purchasing from Challengers, mention that you are with the AnimeChicago Manga Jam and you’ll get a 20% discount on your purchase of this book. Learn more about Challengers. Note: The comic is now available at Challengers, have fun reading!

Join us at Next Door Cafe’s Kitchen Table on Saturday, June 21st to discuss and critique these unique and surrealist works. Discussion starts promptly at 2pm, so arrive 10-20 minutes early. Remember to RSVP here!

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