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Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 6:45 PM

We’re proud to announce an internationally acclaimed comic book IOGI! Eleven poetic looks at everyday life in modern Japan, far away from geishas, robots, otaku, used-panty vending machines and other notions about the land of the rising sun. Eleven stories mainly set in the typical resident districts of Suginami in the west of Tokyo, around the small train station Iogi, based on Jean-Gaspard Páleníček’s script. Eleven illustration styles by artists from Czechia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Russia, under the established comicbook author Václav Šlajcha’s artistic guidance.

A japanese salaryman decides to quit everything and leave for a remote island to grow salt. Rocker plays local club venues with his band by night and works as a garbage man by day. The manga author awarded in Angoulême earns extra money working at a local retirement home, so he can maintain his integrity as an author. A father takes his disabled son to a neighbouring swimming pool on the weekend…

We selected six out of eleven stories for KOMA festival, namely by Jakub Lang, Petra Šestáková, Ondřej David, Matěj Kolář, Adam Kaňovský and Josef Pavelka.

The comic book placed third in the 15th year of the Japan International Manga Award for best comic of the year and the Czech Muriel award of 2022 for the best script by Jean-Gaspard Páleníček.

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