Process and Breakdown Press will be playing host to creator Seiichi Hayashi and art historian Ryan Holmberg for an evening of conversation and music.
In celebration of Hayashi’s famous 1969 “blues manga” Flowering Harbor being translated into English for the first time by Breakdown Press, Seiichi and Holmberg will walk listeners through the pop songs that have inspired Hayashi’s work.
For those of us who are less familiar with Hayashi’s impressive resume; he’s an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist who, after beginning his career as an animator at Tōei Studios in 1962, became a leading figure in the vibrant avant-garde cultural scene of late 1960s and early 1970s Tokyo. As a regular contributor to the legendary alternative manga magazine Garo, Hayashi became renowned for pioneering new territory in the medium of comics, with stories ranging from allegorical critiques of postwar Americanisation and the Vietnam War, to touching reflections on motherhood inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and pop music. Hayashi is perhaps best known for his graphic novel masterpiece Red Coloured Elegy (Sekishoku Erejii, 1970-71) and his distinctive character designs for Lotte Koume (Little Plum) candy drops, which debuted in 1974; his images of a young girl in kimono still grace the candy’s packaging today.
The event kicks off on Wednesday the 2nd of July between 7-9pm and will conclude with Seiichi Hayashi signing copies of the book. If you can’t make it to the event and would like us to put a copy aside for you simply drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d also like to say a big thank you to the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture; without their generosity none of this would be possible.