6 dicembre 2017

Alternative Manga & Gekiga: Recommendations (Updated List)

Alternative Manga & Gekiga: Recommendations

Ok guys, I can’t stand it anymore.

Why there isn’t an updated list of alternative manga recommendations anywhere online yet?

Fuck this shit!

I love underground manga but it’s too hard to find good suggestions and updated lists. And with “alternative manga” I mean those really different, obscure, weird, extreme and experimental japanese comics that only a few non-japanese people from all over the world will ever read and appreciate.

These are surreal avant-garde manga such as the ones published in alternative japanese magazines and anthologies like Garo, AX and COM. Even a few Gekiga artists could be still considered alternative today.

alternative manga suggestions: garo magazine

These are manga created by crazy authors like Takashi Nemoto, Sasaki Maki, Imiri Sakabashira, Jiro Matsumoto, and Shintaro Kago. These could be comics in the heta-uma, ero-guro, ironic-guro genres.

I’m tired to spend hours and hours just to find a few new interesting manga, there isn’t a proper resource to learn about new volumes and alternative mangaka published in english, or even in french, italian or spanish. There was once a great thread on Anime News Network forum with good recommendations, but it’s not updated anymore.

On Wikipedia’s entry for Alternative Manga there are just a few authors such as Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Yoshiharu Tsuge, who could not even be really considered “alternative” by today’s standard (but still hugely important for the evolution of japanese comics).

Crowdsourced lists as the ones from Goodreads are laughable, just a few titles and not many really obscure manga.

avant-garde manga recommendations

There are some great articles about the history of alternative manga on blogs and websites such as The Hooded Utilitarian, stuff by Ryan Holmberg on The Comics Journal, ComicsBeat, the awesome translation of Manga Zombie, a few ones in italian by Piero Livigni and video recommendations in italian by Gekigemu, but still not enough suggestions and slow updates for new (and old) volumes published in America or Europe.

What can I do?

Well, I can create a place (this post in my blog) in which to recommend all the best alternative manga that i know, keeping an updated list for every time I find a new one and ASK FOR YOUR HELP!

Below you can find the most updated list ever for alternative manga published outside of Japan, thanks to publishers like Picture Box, Drawn & Quarterly, Hollow Press, Viz, Taco Che, Lezard Noir, Coconino, Canicola and many more.

If you know other volumes that should be in this list, PLEASE ADD A COMMENT BELOW or SEND ME AN EMAIL! This is important, there are hundreds of readers out there who LIKE YOU and ME need help to find new interesting comics.

alternative manga suggestions

Here’s what will be considered as “alternative manga” in this list:
  • Less known Japanese comics officially translated and published outside of Japan.
  • The most interesting Manga and Mangaka originally published in Garo, AX and COM
  • Experimental comics by japanese authors, with non-standard drawings, spastic stories or weird characters
  • Really obscure manga with original ideas
  • Less known manga with historical importance for the evolution of japanese comics outside of the mainstream ones.
  • I may list a few manga only available with fan-translations and scans if they are a "must read" for alt-manga fans.
I’ll always use the English title when the volume was released in english in USA or Europe, but keep in mind that there could be other editions in different languages (if so, i’ll try to list them). If there is not an english version, i’ll use the French, Spanish or Italian title.

I’ll keep this list updated every time i find something new and when you’ll suggest something interesting!

It took many hours, weeks, years to create this list, so if you’d like to thank me you can just buy these manga from my Amazon associates links, it’s free for your but it will help me a lot!

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[UPDATE 1.2 @ 13/12/2017added more manga at the bottom of the "by authors" category]
[UPDATE 1.1 @ 12/12/2017 - fixed a few errors, added new manga at the bottom of each category, added contributor list at the bottom]
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Alternative Manga by Anthologies

 

Title: Secret Comics Japan



Authors: Junko Mizuno, Hironori Kikuchi, Yuko Tsuno, Yoshitomo Yoshimoto, Kiriko Nananan, Shintaro Kago, Makoto Aida, Benkyo Tamaoki, Usamaru Furuya
Published in: English
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Title: USCA ユースカ English edition



Authors: NISHIMURA Tsuchika, SHINZO Keigo, MIYAZAKI Natsujikei, TANIGUCHI Natsuko, MOTO Hideyasu, BRIDGE SHIP HOUSE, Zajirogh, KASABE Tetsu, KATSUHIKA Keita, HIRANO Ryo, SANUKI Naoya, Yoshie, OTA Motoyuki, KAMODA Jun, error403.
Published in: English
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Title: AX Volume 1: A Collection of Alternative Manga



Authors: Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Imiri Sakabashira, Kazuichi Hanawa, Yusaku Hanakuma, Akino Kondoh, Shin'ichi Abe, Takashi Nemoto, Osamu Kanno, Takao Kawasaki, Ayuko Akiyama, Shigehiro Okada, Katsuo Kawai, Nishioka Kyodai, Takato Yamamoto, Toranosuke Shimada, Yuka Goto, Mimiyo Tomozawa, Namie Fujieda, Mitsuhiko Yoshida, Kotobuki Shiriagari, Shinbo Minami, Shinya Komatsu, Einosuke, Yuichi Kiriyama, Yunosuke Saito, Tomohiro Koizumi, Seiko Erisawa, Shigeyuki Fukumitsu, Kataoka Toyo, Hideyasu Moto, Keizo Miyanishi, Hiroji Tani, Otoya Mitsuhashi, Kazuichi Hanawa.
Published in: English, French
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Title: Sake Jock - Comics from Today's Japanese Underground



Authors: Imiri Sakabashira, Naoto Yamakawa, Kiriko Nananan, Nekojiru, Yasuji Tanioka, Yoshiharu Mitsumoto, Naoki and Shunichi Karasawa
Published in: English
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Title: Comics Underground Japan



Authors: Ebisu Yoshikazu, Toma Masakazu, Takashi Nemoto, Carol Shimoda, Hanawa Kazuichi, Tanioka Yasuji, Suehiro Maruo, Yamada Hanako, Migiwa Pan, Muddy Uehara, Hideshi Hino, Nekojiru and Yamano Hajime.
Published in: English
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Title: Canicola (1 - 12)

 

Authors: Yasaku Hanakuma, Yuiki Yokoiama, Naoyuki Tsuji and many more
Published in: Italian, English
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Title: š! magazine



Authors: Ayumu Arisaka, Harukichi, Ichasu, Keisei Kanamachi, Rokudai Tanaka, Tetsu Kayama, Tsuchika Nishimura, Tsukue Akimoto, Kikuchi Hironori, Wakana Yamazaki, Yoshie and many more!
Published in: English
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    Alternative Manga by Authors


    Author: Takashi Nemoto



    Published in: English
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    Author: Imiri Sakabashira



    Published in: English, French
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    Author: Sasaki Maki



    Published in: English, French
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    Author: Yusaku Hanakuma



    Published in: English, Italian, Spanish
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    Author: Tetsunori Tawaraya



    Published in: English
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    Author: Seiichi Hayashi



    Published in: English, Italian, French
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    Author: Usamaru Furuya



    Published in: French, English
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    Author: Makoto Aida



    Published in: French, English
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    Author: Kikuchi Hironori



    Published in: French, English
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    Author: Yoshiharu Tsuge



    Published in: English, Italian, French
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    Author: Suehiro Maruo



    Published in: English, French, Italian, Spanish and more
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    Author: Shintaro Kago



    Published in: English, Italian, French, Spanish
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    Author: Jiro Matsumoto



    Published in: English
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    Author: Tadao Tsuge



    Published in: English, Italian
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    Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi



    Published in: English, Italian, French
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    Author: Taiyo Matsumoto



    Published in: English, Italian, French
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    Author: Toyokazu Matsunaga



    Published in: English, Italian
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    Author: Takashi Kurihara



    Published in: French
    Recommended manga:
    • Cornigule (french only, but not many dialogues, mostly drawings)
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    Author: Oji Suzuki



    Published in: English, French
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    Author: Shin'ichi Abe



    Published in: French
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    Author: Toshio Saeki



    Published in: French
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    • Rêve écarlate (french only, but it's basically an artbook, mostly drawing)
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    Author: Masahiko Matsumoto



    Published in: English, French, Spanish
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    Author: Jiro Ishikawa



    Published in: French
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    Author: Hideo Azuma



    Published in: English, French , German
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    Author: Shotaro Ishinomori



    Published in: French
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    Author: Kazuo Umezu



    Published in: English, French, Italian
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    Author: Atsushi Kaneko



    Published in: English, Italian, French
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    Author: Junko Mizuno



    Published in: English, French
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    Author: Yuichi Yokoyama



    Published in: English, Italian, French (most comics are wordless, so it doesn't really matter)
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    Author: Hajime Ueda



    Published in: English, Italian, French, more?
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    Author: Chiyomi Hashiguchi (Nekojiru)



    Published in: English, French
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    Author: Tatsuhiko Yamagami



    Published in: French
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    Author: Shinobu Kaze


    Published in: English, French soon
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    Author: Gajo Sakamoto



    Published in: English
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    Author: Robin Nishi



    Published in: French
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    • Mind Game (french only, there's an anime version in english)
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    Author: Iou Kuroda



    Published in: English, French
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      Author: Akino Kondoh



      Published in: English, French
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      Author: Shigeru Mizuki



      Published in: English, Italian, French
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      Author: Bonten Tarô



      Published in: French
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      Author: Junji Ito



      Published in: English, Italian, French
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      Author: Hideshi Hino



      Published in: English, Italian, French
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      Author: Shiriagari Kotobuki



      Published in: Spanish, French
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      Author: Daisuke Igarashi



      Published in: English, French, Italian
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      Author: Daisuke Ichiba



      Published in: Spanish
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      Author: Susumu Katsumata



      Published in: English, French, Italian (soon)
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      Author: Shinkichi Kato 




      Published in: Japanese only? English fan scanlation available
      Recommended manga:
      • Obrigado! 
      • Baka to Gogh 
      • Ranman 
      • and more
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      Author: Inio Asano



      Published in: English, Italian, French, more
      Note: Asano became quite popular in the last few years and many of his works could be seen as classic manga for teenagers and young adults, but many of his older works are wonderfully surreal with many strange characters and original ideas.
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      Author: MAN Gataro



      Published in: English, French, more?
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      Author: Nakamura Mitsuru



      Published in: French
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      Author: Jun Hayami



      Published in: English, French, Italian
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      Author: Shizuka Nakano 



      Published in: French
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      Author: Rokudai Tanaka



      Published in: French, English
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      Author: Shinya Komatsu



      Published in: French, English
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      Author: Shigeru Sugiura



      Published in: French, English
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      Author: Yaro Abe



      Published in: French (English scanlations may be available?)
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      Author: Kazu Yuzuki



      Published in: French 
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      [UPDATE 1.2 @ 13/12/2017added more manga at the bottom of the "by authors" category]
      [UPDATE 1.1 @ 12/12/2017 - fixed a few errors, added new manga at the bottom of each category, added contributor list at the bottom]
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      If you know more alternative, avant-garde, experimental manga published outside of Japan that should be added to this list, please leave a comment below or send me an email, we NEED YOUR HELP!

      Contributors who helped updating this list:  Mercury Mike, Eoin Marron, exaheva, more soon

      Many of these manga are or will be shown in this video series (in italian):

      9 commenti:

      1. thank you thank you thank you thank you !!! I've been looking for something like this FOR AGES.

        RispondiElimina
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        1. me too! i spent hours and hours hunting down new titles in obscure forums and dead blogs, I really hope that by keeping this list updated I could create some kind of "place" where people could always find the new recommendations and suggest more :)

          Elimina
      2. Mangascreener were an English scanlation group in the early 00s who introduced many of the above authors to audiences outside of Japan. One author they translated who I loved, but isn't mentioned here, was Shinkichi Kato.

        RispondiElimina
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        1. Wow I did not know Shinkichi Kato, great suggestion! It seems no one has ever published anything by him outside of Japan :( I should really add more "scanlations only" manga in one of the next updates. We never thank enough those fans who translate obscure manga no one else will ever publish in english / italian / french / etc.

          Elimina
      3. God bless you. I can think of some others which, although they might seem mainstream-ish in where they were originally published, would definitely fit in the "alternative" genre in English (and or European languages, I'm guessing). Reasonable people might well disagree about some of these being "alternative", some more than others (but if you're counting Mizuki, Ito and Umezo...). (My first thought was: I hope 'Bakune Young' is on the list)

        Even a monkey can draw manga
        Cromartie High School
        Octopus Girl
        various Taniguchi manga
        Nijigahara Holograph
        Land of the Lustrous (the story is dogshit and the genre mainstream, but the art pushes it into the avant garde, like Sienkiewicz drawing New Mutants)

        RispondiElimina
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        1. Thanks a lot Jones! I did not know Octopus Girl or Land of the Lustrous, interesting ones and I will probably add them :O It is indeed hard to categorize "alternative" and at the same time trying to create a list that is as complete as possible, with authors who may not be as "alternative" today, but still deserve to be named. In this case, Taniguchi and Asano, I should really add them in the next update, at least for their most "experimental" manga :O

          Elimina
      4. You're missing my favorite of them all, Kazuichi Hanawa. His best stuff is only in French, but in English there's Doing Time, published by Ponent Mon.

        RispondiElimina
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        1. I did not know there were more manga by Hanawa in french, awesome! :O Doing Time was also translated in italian, i'm going to check what is available in frech to add them in the next update, by looking at the covers on Amazon they seem really interesting!

          Elimina
      5. The short story in AX Anthology will give you a taste of his great horror/folklore stuff. The French books Tensui and Contes du Japon d'autrefois are along those lines.

        RispondiElimina

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