A small (approx 4″ by 6″) stapled pamphlet, this is an illustrated story called Satsuki Hime 五月姫, which seems to translate as “May Princess,” written by Manabe Kureo 眞鍋呉夫, with pictures by Watanabe Ikuko 渡辺郁子. 42 pages long on newsprint.
I would have guessed it to be pre-war, but it’s an early post-war publication. Though I’m not able to read the Japanese, the illustrations have a very classic shoujo look, reminiscent of artists like Hiroshi Katsuyama and Junichi Nakahara. Continue reading “Shoujo Club Supplement, 1949”
Some pages from my current work-in-progress, a gruesomely funny fable for children, with contemporary satirical subtext for grownups:
Two concept drawings for a new character. I’ll use these as a feature in an upcoming issue of Boston Powers: “Boston Superheroes Through the Ages”Continue reading “Cycle Centaur”
If I’m going to take time away from my bigger project for a one-page comic, you know it has to be a truly important story:
Now through September 17, Boston Comics Roundtable is raising funds for the second year of “Boston Powers,” Superhero comics for kids, set in and around Boston:
I’m the editor of the books, plus contributing stories of The Blue Lobster…
…and other features, alongside the dozens of great stories from the artists and writers of the BCR.
Be a pal, won’t you, and help fund issues 4, 5 and 6 of Boston Powers?
A virtual reading/signing for Lunatic will be hosted by the Harvard Bookstore on Thursday, January 28 at 7 pm. The event is free, and will feature a “reading” and a conversation about the book with the great Whit Taylor.
Two recent positive reviews for “Lunatic.” In the Boston Globe, Nina McLaughlin wrote on December 17: “Moonglow. Cambridge native Dan Mazurâ€™s magic new book â€œLunaticâ€ (Ninth Art) is an elegant, moving wordless story of a womanâ€™s ardent relationship with the moon. The illustrations move from her infancy to her adulthood, as she tilts her gaze upwards, dreamy and yearning, to see a companion peering back down at her. She devotes herself to its study at university, and launches herself towards it in more literal ways. The atmosphere of illustration shifts as time moves; Mazur, a co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable and the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, uses ink washes, pencil and nib pen, acrylic paints, giving each lifestage a distinct energy. The main character has a force and vitality to her, and a solitude. There is ardor in her, and melancholy, too. Mazur takes her on an otherworldly journey, and opens us to the different incarnations intimacy and life meaning can take. He also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process and decision-making that went into the making of the book, a compelling look at artistic choices for both artists and readers alike.”
On December 30, The Beat published “Everyone Should Be a Lunatic” by John Seven:
My new character, The Blue Lobster, makes his debut in issue 3 of “Boston Powers,” the kid-friendly, Boston-based superhero comic from Boston Comics Roundtable (which I also edited, so no wonder my story made it in!) You can buy it! Here: http://bostoncomics.com/boston-powers-on-sale-now/
Here’s a peek: page one!