Junko Mizuno will be signing her new book, Little Fluffy Gigolo PELU
Vol. 1, on Saturday, August 22 at 2pm at NEW PEOPLE The Store in San
Francisco’s Japan Town.
PELU is a cute extraterrestrial critter who travels to Earth to find
happiness in the form of a bride. Prepare to be astounded as the search
for fulfillment takes him from the surface of his fantastic alien
planet to an off-kilter modern Japan inhabited by aspiring enka
singers, sassy girls, paint-sniffing bad boys, sushi chefs with
unspeakable secrets and the body-switching students of a mysterious
PELU has been getting great reviews. This is your chance to meet Junko
and pick up a signed copy of her newest release!
1746 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Saturday, August 22, 2pm
Praise for Little
Fluffy Gigolo PELU:
…Fluffy Gigolo Pelu
suggests that her work is only veering into more vividly mischievous
territory. It offers a look at an exercise that is comparable to taking
the broken crumbs from the bottom of a bag of candy and trying to melt
them into a lollipop – bright and supposedly sweet, but deformed and
foul smelling where it’s burned. Pelu’s stories of alienation,
unconventional pregnancy and huffing are overtly cracked, but the view
that it presents of less incendiary subjects like office work
dreariness and career dissatisfaction similarly fit into its scheme of
candy colored unhappiness.
…noting the diversity of Earth’s population, Pelu leaps into a magic
mirror hoping to find someone like himself. His mad anti-trip-to-Oz
whirlwind is captured in a montage of dreary meetings, lottery wins,
and over eating – framed by a psychedelic expectoration of bubbles.
Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu features enough dire absurdity that it’ll
force you to laugh.
Green, Ain’t It Cool News
Whether her stories
titillate you or not, it’s hard to deny their unique place in the world
of manga. Sans narrative, they’re vintage candy wrappers that you hold
on to because you know you’re going to want to just look at them again
sometime down the road. In that respect, maybe Little Fluffy Gigolo
Pelu is the lovelorn-tragedy-laced Laffy Taffy of the bunch.
…is there enough love on our cruel planet to include a vomit-green,
bow-tie-wearing cotton ball like Pelu? Maybe the answer lies in volume
two, but I’m digging the journey so far.
Luster, Otaku USA
Beautiful artwork and
character designs that find the sexiness in Japanese “kawaii” pop
culture. Unapologetic in pushing the envelope in decency and standards.
The book is filled with
bizarre, disturbing, but utterly engaging adventures, like the chapter
where Pelu’s friend the Space Hippo arrives on Earth, eats too many
unfamiliar foods, and ends up vomitting an acid-like substance all over
the town’s local poodle ranch.
Jakala, Robot 6
Hear ye, hear ye! Junko Mizuno's latest manga LITTLE FLUFFY GIGOLO PELU Vol. 1 is on sale NOW! And publisher Last Gasp has updated their official page with preview images. Look for a news there (and here!) about an upcoming Junko Mizuno event/signing shortly.
In the meantime, we at jaPRESS are in crank-in mode to begin translation and editing Vol. 2 .
Ok. Here is the new cover of the new issue of OTAKU USA magazine (Sept-Oct 09). Should be on sale in a week or two, with subscribers getting them in their mitts around then as well.
The fruits of a vast and shadowy conspiracy have paid off with a cover story on Evangelion 1.0, timed for the R1 release courtesy of FUNimation. New contributor Sean McCoy (he, of several Eva DVD audio commentaries) pens the main feature while Erin Finnegan, Matt Alt, and Gilles Poitras don plug suits for sidebar duty.
Other crazy stuff in this issue: Daryl Surat pens the ultimate review of M.D. Geist, Joseph Luster contemplates which Dragon Ball Z movie truly is “the greatest of them all”, Jason Thompson drops his usual massive manga review bomb, Clarissa Graffeo and the ransom note font make way for NANA, Mike Toole unravels the Full Metal Panic and Slayers sagas, Mike Dent uses the word “jive” in his Samurai Champloo piece, Zac Bentz grills Kanon Wakeshima over the Q&A coals, and Patrick W. Galbraith gives you the first-ever English interview with cosplaying K-1 kickboxer Yuichiro Jienotsu Nagashima!
In the meantime, those waiting for the hot new issue to appear can always pass the time over at the Otaku USA website where fresh content is currently poppin’.
The word is out about the grand opening of the Viz Pictures NEW PEOPLE building next week in San Francisco's Japantown. If you aren't up to date with the myriad of music, film, and fashion related events slated for Aug.15, ANN has a summery of the happenings here.
What's my part in NEW PEOPLE masterplan? For starters, I'll be moderating a panel discussion with artist Yoshitaka Amano at high noon on Sat/15 at the "summit stage." Having seen Angel's Egg and Vampire Hunter D about a billion times, as well as having gone through multiple copies of the Amano Tarot, it will be a massive thrill to just be there for the unveiling of the new DEVA LOKA USA art exhibit (above) at the new SUPERFROG gallery.
Also: I've been asked to produce / host a new podcast for the NEW PEOPLE website. I'm envisioning it as a mix of j-pop related conversation and Hot Tears of Shame-style coverage of ongoing events at the NEW PEOPLE building.
I've recorded the first episode already, and hope to get it up soon, but there's like a billion things to do (for all involved) before the grand opening next week.
Thanks in advance for your support of the NEW PEOPLE project!
Yeah, so I was a guest on the Anime300o podcast last week, talking about something that is incredibly vital to man's continued survival on this planet: THE STATE OF THE ANIME INDUSTRY. Anyway, here's the pitch and the link...
Anime 3000 Panel - S02E01 - State of the Anime Industry
In the past six months, we’ve seen various anime companies fold under the weight of an economic recession as well as a decrease in demand from anime and manga consumers. This week we will discuss what role digital distribution has played in the success and failure of anime sales and print media. Will we witness a mainstreaming of anime in America, or will we see a decrease in hardcore anime fandom? Additionally, well forecast the future of the anime industry. Our panel this week includes Patrick Macias, Justin Sevakis and Michael Pinto.