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An edition about an egocentric Inktober and the Second Golden Age of manga books
HI AGAIN AND WELCOME TO A NEW EDITION OF MY NEWSLETTER!
October is almost here and when you blink, Halloween and Christmas will be Past History. So use your time wisely, like reading this newsletter!
With two oncoming books on the oven, there are links to share! I did an interview for promoting the pre-order of my newest INFINITY GRAPHIC NOVEL (the video it’s in Spanish but with English subtitles)
The book is in pre-order and you can get the book in Spanish and English.
I have these two links for the oncoming PROJECT MONARCH (this October in the best stores)
Multiversity released an exclusive preview:
I also did an interview with Comicon:
Inktober is here! My rules are the same: One (traditionally) inked drawing every day until the end of the month, not spending more than 30 minutes in a drawing on a 21x29,7 cm (8,3x11,7 inches) Bristol sheet.
I remember last year I commented in this newsletter that I often felt uncomfortable about drawing characters I don’t own… So I decided this year I’m going to draw characters I have created and own (there will be some little exception and of course, some of these characters have been co-created but you get the point).
And it’s also a way to celebrate my professional career. I have been working professionally (when I say professionally I want to say “internationally”) for almost 20 years, and publishing comics for almost 25… So I’ll use this event to draw some of the characters that have been important in my development as an artist. And this time I’ll do something different and I’ll follow a list instead of drawing every day without planification.
SO WELCOME TO THE #VICTOBER
I hope you enjoy it! Like past editions, I will be uploading them in my facebook, twitter, bluesky and Instagram accounts (links at the bottom) and selling them in my big cartel store:
And if you want to see all my scanned drawings of this edition and the editions of previous years you can find them in my blog/site:
SECOND GOLDEN AGE OF MANGA
I read all kinds of stuff. If you want to be a true author you must read all kinds of stuff, not only the style of stories you write/draw. And besides, I love all kinds of comics. But recently I noticed I read more manga than ever right now. I actually never quit reading manga because I was part of that first generation who began to read manga with Akira and Dragon Ball. I had read superhero comic-books and European albums (BD) during my childhood but manga aesthetics and powerfull storytelling blew our minds in our teenage years. The first wave of 90s manga readers.
But when I attended college I returned to read American books. And I discovered Miller, discovered Eisner, and Steranko, and more and more.
Some examples of American books I have been buying and reading recently: Firepower by Kirkman & Samnee, Moonshine by Azzarello & Risso, Wonder Woman: Dead Earth and Murder Falcon by Daniel Warren Johnsson, Dave Cooper’s Crumple, the final arc of Matt Wagner’s Mage and a Spanish new edition of all the DC Question 80s series.
But when I finish a day of working on comics the kind of books I love reading before supper is manga.
The manga books I’m collecting right now:
A good amount of them are collections of the 80-90s, like Kenichi’s Sonoda Gunsmith Cats, the Evangelion Manga by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, the Saint Seiya new remastered edition and just finished the Fist of the North Star collection. Finally DragonQuest: The adventure of Dai is finally being published in Spain in a complete edition.
(I don’t know if consider Dragonball Super a 90s book or a new book)
Classic stuff like Go Nagai’s Getter Robot, Shotaro Ishinomori’s Gorenger (the origin of the Super Sentai/Power Rangers genre), Osamu Tezuka’s Don Dracula…
And of course, I can’t live only in the past so I’m regularly buying Yukinobu Tatsu’s Dan Da Dan and Yuto Suzuki’s Sakamoto Days, Boichi’s Sun-Ken Rock, and recently the first book of Sato Hirohisa’s miniseries of three volumes, Suzuki just wants a quiet life.
I’m also reading weekly magazine series on my phone using the Shonen Jump app, Manga Plus.
I love stories about hitmen, and there are a lot of manga series about it there! Mostly comedies like Kill Blue and Kindergarten Wars, and of course the over-popular Spy X Family.
My latest addition was the first chapter of the recently released action-supernatural Kagurabachi, and looks pretty cool.
It looks like manga is living a new age of popularity after this 90s first wave and a new generation of readers have discovered the format. Right now the 20 best-selling graphic novels in the US lists are only manga books. I don’t know how to explain this new peak of popularity. Some people say COVID lockdown created a lot of new readers (I heard the term “Corona Otaku”), or their visual language connects with the way young people process visual language in social media… I don’t know. I think one important point is that European and American books (especially here in Spain) have become luxury articles with 40 or 50 bucks editions, which is a crazy thing.
But the irrefutable question is these books connect with the readers in a way humble creators like me only can dream. And I’m not sure it’s something we can replicate from Western markets because manga is a consequence of its own social-economical and cultural environment. You can’t separate the format, its storytelling and its multiple genres from the Japanese factor and how they create and work.
(If you have your own theory about this popularity the comments section is at your disposal)
So right now I’m buying and reading more manga than ever, more than when I was a manga ultra-fan (well, I have more means and money now, too) and in some way, I feel this is the kind of content I want to read right now. So I don’t know if I have been a victim of some marketing big-scale operation or just happened, but I’m enjoying the ride.
And that’s all! See you very soon. Take care!
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