Review: Just So Happens by Fumio Obata

★★★★★ Publisher: Jonathan Cape Buy: Foyles Fumio Obata’s beautiful, engaging graphic novel explores ideas of expatriatism, cultural tradition and parental obligation. The protagonist is Yumiko, a young Japanese woman who has settled in London. Sometimes she finds the city harsh, but has come to find comfort and excitement in its bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The initial images in … Continue reading

Sticker Geek Fest

I have always been something of a hoarder. As a tiny child I had my own desk in the spare room, a magical sanctuary away from the room I shared with my brother. In its drawers I accumulated collections of erasers, stickers, writing paper and shiny 20 pence pieces from the tooth fairy. When my … Continue reading

The Age of Feminine Drawing

Book review: The Age of Feminine Drawing (AllRightsReserved Ltd.) Illustration is back. After a decade spent hiding in the shadow of fashion photography, drawings inspired by fashion and its most illustrious muse – the feminine form – are returning to the fore. Often inspired by Japan and the Far East, the new wave of fashion … Continue reading