Garo, 1992

Posted by on April 21st, 2010 at 3:57 PM


While the next story features a great deal of traditional Japanese imagery, it clearly is set in the Meiji period or later. Here’s the title page and a page from mid-story:



I’m so tempted to reprint the next one wholesale — sex education is funny when it looks like Tom Hart drew it — but that would be wrong. Title page, and a page from toward the end:



This next excerpt is a cute little story. Once upon a time, two little kitties were playing with blocks in the living room of their house. Then, a strange man appeared…



Thanks to a Google search and a little luck with keywords, I can actually tell you a bit about this strip: It’s an installment of Nekojiru Udon (“Cat Soup”) by “Nekojiru,” a pseudonym for cartoonist Chiyomi Hashiguchi. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Hashiguchi’s life and career:

In 1990, she debuted in the June issue of the monthly manga anthology Garo with Nekojiru Udon, which is now considered her definitive work. She committed suicide on May 10, 1998. At the time, the media suggested that it was a reaction to the death on May 2, 1998 of the musician hide — in response to that theory, Nekojiru’s husband, [Hajime Yamano], said that Nekojiru’s musical taste was in a completely different genre to hide, and that her death was unrelated. He stated that “She probably hasn’t listened to even one second of hide’s music.” Without a suicide note, her motivation for suicide remains unclear. Other suggestions include that it was caused by drug use or anxiety over Yamano’s womanizing.

Shortly before her suicide, Nyako and Nyatta, the two main characters of Nekojiru Udon, were selected to be used by Tokyo Electric in promotional campaigns. However, the death of their creator caused that to be cancelled.

Hajime Yamano has continued the strip after Hashiguchi’s death, and you can compare the two cartoonists’ work side-by-side thanks to two full strips on the official Nekojiru Udon website — the story linked at left is Hashiguchi’s work, while the one on the right is Yamano’s attempt at a follow-up. (Oh hey, and look — Nekojiru Udon music! Edit: Whoops. I really should’ve checked the links before reposting them. Sorry.) For further reading, I heartily recommend Thom Bailey‘s lengthy and fascinating essay on Chiyomi Hashiguchi and Nekojiru Udon, and this two-part essay on Hashiguchi written by her friend Yoshiaki Yoshinaga (one, two), a lengthy, detailed and intimate portrait.


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5 Responses to “Garo, 1992”

  1. […] people's attention, and for the curious who would like to see more, Dirk Deppey has put up a monster post with many, many scans of a single issue, which he picked up in 1992 (long after the scope of the […]

  2. erinfinnegan says:

    There’s a Garo gallery show going on right now in New York City.

  3. […] Dirk Deppey posts a ton of scans from a 1992 issue of the alt-manga anthology Garo. […]

  4. […] Dirk Deppey posts a ton of scans from a 1992 issue of the alt-manga anthology Garo. […]

  5. […] anthology that is the subject of an exhibit at the Center for Book Arts in New York and has gotten lots of people talking about alternative […]