our international initiative for 2023
Portsmouth Comic Con’s International Initiative for 2023 has arrived – and it has arrived in the form of an exhibition showcasing exciting emerging comics talent coming from Japan!
Portsmouth Comic Con has teamed up with Adam Pasion of Nagoya based indie publisher, Big Ugly Robot Press, to bring you five of the most exciting voices in the independent Japanese comic scene featuring author talents that scream individuality.
The art trail will be running from Monday 3rd April – Sunday 16th April throughout the city of Portsmouth on poster sites all around the city before finding a home at Portsmouth Comic Con on Saturday 3rd June – Sunday 4th June.
If you spot one of these wondering art pieces out in the wild, don’t hesitate to share via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
Portsmouth Comic Con presents: The International Art Trail 2023 – Japan!
Featuring the work of: Tomomi Mooney, Victor Edison, Chieko Kobayashi, Michiru Morikawa and Tetsuya Yamamoto.
We sat down with two of these new talents to discuss their thoughts on comics:
Q: When did you first discover comics?
Testuya: My family used to run a coffee shop, and like most coffee shops in Japan, we had manga for customers to read.
Chieko: From the time I was a small child, I just sort of started reading them naturally.
Q: Why choose to create comics over other artforms?
Testuya: The tools you need to start are incredibly basic.
Chieko: I enjoy being able to create the story and the art at the same time.
Q: Do you see a Japanese influence in today’s western/ international comics?
Testuya: Sorry, I don’t really know.
Chieko: Sorry, I don’t really know.
Q: What influence do western comics have on Japanese comics?
Testuya: I guess there are more people drawing more muscular characters now??
Chieko: I don’t really read any comics other than Japanese manga
Q: What do you think is the most important aspect in creating a comic?
Testuya: I think writing good dialog is key
Chieko: Giving yourself enough time to become immersed in its creation
Q: What’s your most recent/ upcoming project?
Testuya: I made a book about Star Wars reimagined by somebody who knows nothing about Star Wars
Chieko: I’ve mostly been drawing illustrations based on games lately. Right now I am really into “Samurai Warriors”
Q: How did you get started creating comics?
Testuya: I think my first experience was writing 4 panel gag strips when I was in primary school.
Chieko: When I was in junior high school, I started drawing out rough sketches of manga stories
Q: What definition would you give to “Comic Books/ Manga”?
Testuya: I think comics / manga are pictures that evoke a sense of story.
Chieko: If the creator deems it to be manga, then that is good enough.