This is a great one, hold on to your hats…
Fumio Obata is a comic book author and visual artist who makes absolutely stunning work and who we here at Gosh! are huge fans of. His comics are a visual mish-mash of manga and Bande Dessinée styles, with the frequent theme of cultural differences, and his zines were the insider tip-off at Thought Bubble 2012. Jonathan Cape have snapped him up quickly for his UK debut graphic novel, Just So Happens. Here’s the synopsis from the Cape website:
‘I still remember arriving in the city for the first time… It wasn’t easy… But here, London, is my home.’
Yumiko is a young Japanese woman who has made London her home. She has a job, a boyfriend; Japan seems far away. Then, out of the blue, her brother calls to tell her that her father has died in a mountaineering accident.
Yumiko returns to Tokyo for the funeral and finds herself immersed in the rituals of Japanese life and death – and confronting a decision she hadn’t expected to have to make.
Just So Happens is a graphic novel by a young artist and storyteller of rare talent. Fumio Obata’s drawing, in particular, is marvellous in its power and delicacy.
Sounds great, no? I’ve had a look at the advance copy and I can tell you, it is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. If this tickles your fancy, you should probably make it down to our launch party for Just So Happens, taking place on Friday, the 7th of February, from 7pm until 9pm. There will be booze as usual, as well as Fumio himself signing copies. If you can’t make it but would like a signed copy, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there!
Just So Happens by Fumio Obata LAUNCH PARTY
Friday, February 7 from 7pm to 9pm
Gosh! 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR, email@example.com