To mark the release of Yokoyama Yuichi’s Outdoors from Breakdown Press, we’ll have manga scholar Ryan Holmberg here to discuss the work of the brilliant manga experimentalist on Tuesday the 12th February, 7.30pm-9pm.
Ryan will be discussing Yokoyama’s construction and use of fantasy architecture, touching on works from throughout his career and placing it within the context of broader manga culture and the arts.
Yuichi Yokoyama is an Eisner Award-nominated artist who was born in 1967 in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Musashino Art University. Originally, he was making fine art paintings, but after 2000, started to release manga, feeling that through it he could "express time." These unique works would go on to be called "neo manga" and receive high acclaim in many fields. Presently, he is also active as a contemporary artist.
Ryan Holmberg is a Visiting Associate Professor at University of Tokyo. As a freelance art historian and critic, he is a frequent contributor to The Comics Journal, Artforum International, and Art in America. As an editor and translator of manga, he has worked with Breakdown Press, Drawn & Quarterly, Retrofit Comics, PictureBox Inc, and New York Review Comics. He is also the author of Garo Manga: The First Decade, 1964–1973 (Center for Book Arts, 2010) and No Nukes for Dinner: How One Japanese Cartoonist and His Country Learned to Distrust the Atom (forthcoming).