There’s an interesting article about a mangaka living in New York City at Publishers Weekly. He’s not a well-known mangaka like Tito Kubo or Rumiko Takahashi but you may have heard of him and his first American-released comic Boys of Summer.
For those familiar with Boys of Summer, it is a series aimed at older audiences with lots of fan service and partial nudity. Not so surprising considering the artist is Hiroki Otsuka, a regular in the ero-manga or erotic manga industry. From Publisher Weekly, Otsuka “has been a professional mangaka since 1994 and after working in the manga industry in Japan for a number of years, Otsuka moved to the U.S. and now resides in New York City.”
Best of all, he “currently teaches manga workshops and is the mangaka artist-in-residence at New York City’s Japan Society, where he is creating a manga, Samurai Beam.” Manga workshop? New York City? Sign me up!!
For those interested in Samurai Beam, you can actually read it online for free at the Japan Society website. The presentation is very interesting with mainly black and white graphics with shots of color now and then or throughout the whole page. The sound effects are done in Japanese despite the English dialogue text. And no, it’s not an ero-manga.