9.06.2010

Kenji & Silvia Forever



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The other day I came across an irregular series of self-published booklets called The Imp about comic books, and found myself reading a very comprehensive treatise on Mexican comic books. Included in the essay were examples of Mexican comic book art, and I thought it might be fun to repurpose some.

The images in the above comic are pretty universal, I think, depicting a scene that's undoubtedly played out tens of thousands of times a day all over the globe. I saw it as a mother-in-law story ... and for that I needed a son. I got one with the kind permission of ace Tokyo-based photographer Alfie Goodrich, whose superb work can be seen here and here and is a must for anyone interested in either Japan or good photography.

A little cultural context for the comic: here in Japan, despite the polite face put on things by a society that for the most part prides itself on its polite faces, there's quite a bit of racism, and every non-Japanese who lives here or has lived here has experienced it in some form or another (if you think you haven't, you haven't been paying attention).

Choosing not to sit next to a foreigner on the train is easy, but things get more complex when one's son or daughter announces he/she is planning to marry a foreigner. That's a real homogeneity-spoiler, and is often met with threats of disownment. A sorry state of affairs, but there it is.

After today, though, I think Kenji and Silvia are going to be just fine.

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