Vérité 02 features works by Sunil Nampu, Lokesh Khodke, Anpu Varkey, Svanhild Wall & Bharath Murthy and Japanese comics by Takashi Fukutani, Nazuna Saito, Susumu Higa and Seiichi Hayashi. Manga historian and critic Ryan Holmberg contributes with an essay on acclaimed gekiga artist Seiichi Hayashi. Lokesh Khodke’s adaptation of a short story by Bhupen Khakhar, one of post-colonial India’s most important painters, is part of Vérité’s commitment to engaging with modern Indian literature.
Nazuna Saito(b. 1946). Born in Shizuoka prefecture, Nazuna worked as an illustrator after graduating from university and made her debut as a manga artist in 1986 with Dahlia in Big Comic (Shogakukan). Six collections of her work had been published in book form by 1998. However, she had to leave manga for ten years to care for her family. She started to write manga again in 2012 and won the Excellence Award in the Manga Division of Japan Media Arts Festival in 2019 with Yuugure-e (Seirinkogeisha). The present work Inko no Kami (God of the Parakeets) was first published in Hanashi no Tokushu (Nihonsha) in February 1992.
Saito’s works are, in a way, the most “progressed” gekiga at present in my opinion, both philosophically and technically. Just like the originators of gekiga like Masahiko Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Yoshiharu Tsuge, Saito depicts the daily life of the common people. However, her stories always end with that rare but important thing in life – mutual understanding. In her works she shows love for humanity in a surprisingly modest way 🙂 Her story will be in Vérité 02 soon for the first time in overseas 😉