A Journey to the Empire of SignsGraphic Novel - 2017
Award-winning and acclaimed international comic creator Igort spent eleven years living in Japan and working in the country's manga industry, an experience not shared by many Westerners.
In this masterful new graphic memoir, Igort delves into his private notes, sketches, and photographs taken during this time and crafts an exploration of Japanese life and culture through his own unique perspective.
Beautifully evocative and detailed illustrations bring it all vividly to life, including the details of his everyday activities (stopping after work for tofu), explorations of sumo, the tea ceremony, Japanese baseball, an inside look at the manga industry, and cultural fascinations with Japanese artists and creators ranging from Hokusai and Hiroshige to Katuhiro Otomo and Hayao Miyazaki, Seijun Suzuki, Mishima, and a memorable meeting film legend Takeshi Kitano. Throughout Igort's thoughtful and deep engagement with Japanese life is woven through with his own experience, makes this a richly rewarding work for anyone interested in Japan or comic arts practiced at the highest level.