by Ed Sizemore
Starting this Sunday (March 18), the Jiro Taniguchi Manga Moveable Feast will begin here at Manga Worth Reading. To make this a successful MMF, we need your participation. We’re not looking for in-depth, scholarly discussions about Taniguchi’s subversive use of Moebius’ art as a Japanese manga creator. (But we don’t mind those either.) We’re just looking for people to share their opinions and experiences reading his works.
We welcome the entire spectrum of reactions. Navel-gazing middle-aged men not your thing, let us know. Love his stuff and wish there was more, let us know. Find his art too stiff or his page compositions too boring compared to other manga you enjoy, let us know. Wonder at the detail and line quality of his work, let us know. While we are fans of Taniguchi, we’re not looking just for people who agree with us. The more diverse the opinions we get, the better the MMF.
If you’re interested in writing a piece for the Taniguchi MMF and don’t have a blog or website to post your piece, then Manga Worth Reading will post your opinion. We love getting pieces from people outside the normal review and manga websites.
Here is some information about Jiro Taniguchi himself. He was born in 1947. He became an assistant to manga creator Kyota Ishikawa in 1966. He made his manga debut in 1970 with Kareta Heya (A Desiccated Summer), published in the magazine Young Comic. We’re told in the endnotes to volume 1 of Kingyo Used Books that Taniguchi stumbled across a single page of Jean Giraud’s (Moebius) art and it changed his life and his art style. Because of the Giraud influence, Taniguchi’s art is very accessible to American and European comic readers. He has three Eisner nominations (but no wins, the injustice!). He’s collaborated with several people over the years, including Jean Giraud (Icaro). To top it all off, he got an asteroid named after him this year.
The deadline for submissions to the MMF will be midnight (New York Time) on Saturday March 24th. I’m looking forward to everyone’s contributions to the Taniguchi MMF.
Here is the wikipedia page on Taniguchi.
This is an excellent French website on Taniguchi.
Ponent Mon/Fanfare’s Taniguchi page.
Here is the official Jiro Taniguchi fansite (in Japanese).