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I really love this thing where Drawn & Quarterly has been fairly quietly putting out a whole line of gekiga and underground manga. My household pretty much buys whatever they do in that direction-- it's all worthwhile. Red Snow came out last year, so I'm just catching up.

Susumu Katsumata debuted his work in the late nineteen-sixties in Garo, which is undisputedly considered the greatest magazine of underground manga. Unusually, Katsumata's work consisted of four-panel comics, a format I had not realized Garo ever did. Four-panel comics can be spectacular, but the most famous examples of them I'm aware of are comedic, and it's fascinating to contemplate what a regularly-running four-panel in a seriously literary magazine intended for avant-garde readers would look like. Somebody could maybe think about putting those out? Red Snow is a collection of his longer work, i.e. short stories.

This is an interesting set of pieces which grew on me more as they went on. )

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