Here is the cover for the first issue of the revived Comix India, featuring alternative Japanese comics for the first time in Indian independent publishing.
Editor: Bharath Murthy
Editorial Adviser: Mitsuhiro Asakawa (ex-editor of Garo and AX alternative manga magazines)
Translators: Kumar Sivasubramanian and Chitoku Teshima.
Indian artists featured are Anpu Varkey, Biboswan Bose, Shaunak Samvatsar, Nandita Basu and Bharath Murthy. The Japanese artists are Tadao Tsuge, Susumu Katsumata, Youji Tsuneyama and Tsugio Tsugino. Tadao Tsuge is a critically acclaimed artist and one of the key contributors for the 1960s cult manga magazine Garo, who along with his brother Yoshiharu Tsuge revolutionised manga. Tadao’s work in English translation include Trash Market (Drawn & Quarterly) and soon to be released Slum Wolf (New York Review Comics), both translated by Ryan Holmberg, manga historian and translator. Ryan’s very perceptive essay on the origins of ‘gekiga’, a late 1950s-60s movement within manga that focussed on adult themes and created a new wave that resulted in magazines like Garo, is also published in this issue. Susumu Katsumata was also a key artist in Garo magazine. His works Red Snow (Drawn & Quarterly) and Fukushima Devil Fish: Anti-nuclear Manga (Breakdown Press) are available in English. French comics artist Simon Lamouret (whose award-winning reportage comic Bangalore was published recently) also features, as does American artist Nick Tobier.