Slum Wolf



Slum Wolf A Gritty Collection Of Graphic Short Stories By A Japanese Manga Master Depicting Life On The Streets Among Punks, Gangsters, And Vagrants.Tadao Tsuge Is One Of The Pioneers Of Alternative Manga, And One Of The World S Great Artists Of The Down And Out Slum Wolf Is A New Selection Of His Stories From The Late Sixties And Seventies, Never Before Available In English A Vision Of Japan As A World Of Bleary Bars And Rundown Flophouses, Vicious Street Fights And Strange Late Night Visions In Assured, Elegantly Gritty Art, Tsuge Depicts A Legendary, Aging Brawler, A Slowly Unraveling Businessman, A Group Of Damaged Veterans Uniting To Form A Shantytown, And An Array Of Punks, Pimps, And Drunks, All Struggling For Freedom, Meaning, Or Just Survival.With An Extensive Introduction By Translator And Comics Historian Ryan Holmberg, This Collection Brings Together Some Of Tsuge S Most Powerful Work Raucous, Lyrical, And Unforgettable.

Tadao Tsuge born in 1941 has been drawing comics since the late 1950s In the 1960s and 1970s, he was one of the central contributors to the underground comics magazine Garo, and the magazines Yako and Gento In addition to cartooning, Tsuge is an avid fisherman and has written essays on the subject He has held full time blue collar jobs for most of his artistic career, most significantly on th

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Slum Wolf
  • Tadao Tsuge
  • English
  • 13 August 2017
  • 9781681371740

10 thoughts on “Slum Wolf

  1. David Schaafsma says:

    Without receiving a dose of pain once in a while, it was hard to remember the point of staying alive Slum Wolf was written in the early seventies as a kind of portrait of under class Japan, in the fifties post war period, deeply damaged by WWII defeat and occupation Traumatized, seemingly lost, though there is evidence of a survival instinct A series of stories now in English translation and available in a beautiful edition thanks to NYRB, it s a work of sadness and empathy for the desperate, the punks, gangsters, strippers, living in trashy flats, doing anything for a living just to get by And we care about them, as in The Death of Ryokichi Agoshi, that brings a bunch of people living in a flophouse together, meditating on the meaning of life, and not really finding much to say or do except play mah jongg and gamble and go on Or not At the very end of the story, someone requests this song from Sado Island, a place of exile, about a man longing for his lost lover, Sado Okesa Tsuge s art is black and white, shadowy, engaging,a work of humanism I liked also Sentimental Melody, and Vagabond Plain, which is in a rural area, no...

  2. Derek Royal says:

    Outstanding This is the second work by Tadao Tsuge that I ve read the first being 2015 s Trash Market and I can t help but be highly impressed by his gekiga, both in terms of style and theme Then again, there are only two books by Tsuge in English that have been published, and that s not counting the comic book, Sabu the Bruiser As with the earlier text, Slum Wolf is a collection of stories previously published in such magazines as Garo and Yagyo I hesitate to determine which of these pieces are my favorites, although a few do stand out as notable For me these are Sentimental Melody, Vagabond Plain, and Wandering Wolf The Bloodspattered Code of Honor and Humanity I hope that in the...

  3. Jim says:

    I know very little about manga, much less alternative manga circa late 1960s, early 1970s, but what these stories say about Japan after the war floored me Tsuge s loose style and subject matter reminded me of Raymond Pettibon s early zines like Captive Chains Ryan Holmberg s afterward was also enl...

  4. Toby says:

    Likely to be mentioned alongside Yoshihiro Tatsumi but actually an altogether different kind of writer Whereas Tatsumi s stories are usually pin sharp in illustration and narrative alike, Tsuge s stories meander, drawn in a sketchy, expressionistic style Tsuge s drawn from life portraits of drifters and hoodlums moving amongst the ruins and shanty towns of post war Japan are complex studies in trauma and burnt out masculinity These stories don t lead anywhere particularly memorable bu...

  5. Mateen Mahboubi says:

    Dark and gritty tales from Japanese slums in and around Tokyo Tsuge doesn t sugarcoat the struggle but also keeps things pretty light Lots of drinking, fighting and singing folk songs.

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  7. Matt says:

    Another excellent Tsuge collection, this time by New York Review Comics Alternative manga is a relatively new thing for English readers, spearheaded by those fantastic Tatsumi collections from Drawn and Quarterly, and this ...

  8. Peter Landau says:

    SLUM WOLF by Tadao Tsuge is a literary collection of graphic short stories about lowlife in the red light districts of postwar Japan The same characters stroll through the book, either fighting the humiliation of occupation or dying from it in slow, sad vignettes that seem to have no structure and yet capture the mood of the aftermath of war in a way that feels genuine Not that I d know, but Tsuge would He grew up in this desolate neighborhoods after the surrender of Japan in WWII, which he draws so starkly beautiful in their ramshackle impermanence Tsuge sketches and tells episodic stories that work in the pulpy medium of magna, which has a wide lens, big enough and expressive enough to encapsulate worlds as diverse as the big footed animals descendents of Walt Disney ...

  9. Don Flynn says:

    Another example of a great found gekiga and artist from the late 60s and 70s Tsuge specializes in depicting Japan s postwar underbelly, where the veterans languished, all but forgotten As the country lurched toward a powerhouse industrial future, many were also left behind They lived in the margins, in hastily thrown up shantytowns that stood in the shadow of the ruins of munitions factories Drinking, random fights, and often in the company of mob figures and p...

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