Trash Market by Tadao Tsuge

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6 Responses

  1. Ryan Holmberg says:

    Hi, thanks for this review. I think it is the most thoughtful one out there so far on Trash Market. I am glad you liked Manhunt, which is also my favorite. I know that the “dregs of postwar society” element is strong, and emphasized in both my essay and the book’s back cover blurb. But I do wish people would see how, even if Tadao didn’t create anything “genre-defining,” that was because no one followed in his footsteps in making quasi-documentary, quasi-verite comics. They were certainly genre-busting in this regard, and it is something that goes beyond the postwar-ism element. By incorporating long dialogue segments (essential to his quasi-verite approach), Tadao also really marked a departure from the tightly budgeted panel economics of gekiga. After the demise of kashihon, this would have only been possible in Garo.

  2. Jeff Alford says:

    Ryan, it’s such an honor to hear from you – thanks so much for reading my review, and thanks for all the amazing work you’ve been doing. I’ve been following your work for a while!

    Trash Market is indeed a special collection, and I fear that my view of it being a more “subtle” success is due in part to the somewhat limited context English-only readers like me have to work with of gekiga-era works in translation. I’m certain that every new book you publish from this realm will reinforce Tadao Tsuge’s unique significance, and I’m very much looking forward to that happening. I would absolutely love to see more from him, too.

  3. Jeff Alford says:

    And, I have to ask: will we ever see another volume of your “10-cent Manga” series? (fingers crossed)

  4. Ryan Holmberg says:

    “Seeing more from Tsuge Tadao,” at least from D&Q, totally depends on how the book sells. Let’s hope it does decently, its unconventionality aside.

    Ten Cent Manga: tough to say. First, I need a publisher who is willing to do color, since the things I really want to do in that series are from the Occupation and Prewar periods (which is mostly full color or duotone). Second, I need time to write those essays. The research for those two books, especially the Sugiura, was rough. But it could happen. One anthology I have in mind for that series, which just this week became possible because of some funky prewar things I picked up on auction, is weird-ass Western manga (meaning cowboys and indians) from the 30s until the early 50s. I have enough strange mystery and superhero and science fiction material from the 30s and 40s also to make good books.

    PictureBox disappearing really made the possible impossible. The best chance right now for seeing anything similar from other publishers involves readers and fans supporting Breakdown Press. I don’t see the established publishers going for the Ten Cent material.

  5. Jeff Alford says:

    Well, I sincerely hope these factors line up in favor for more Ten Cent Manga! It’s really great to hear you’re keeping the standards high – the color really made The Mysterious Underground Men a gem of a book, and the essays are indispensable. I’ve got my dowsing rod pointing towards Breakdown Press and hope more readers do the same.

  6. Strepsils says:

    “Manhunt” was derivative of Imamura’s “A Man Vanishes”. And that was the best story in this collection. Very disappointing book.

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