To some readers of my 2007 comic MORESUKINE, panels like these seemed illustrate the otherworldliness of Japanese everyday life:
Today, over ten years later, masks have suddenly become prevalent around the globe, as Covid-19 continues to tighten its grip.
Lockdown came as a shock to my workshop group, which was in the middle of putting together an anthology comic for the upcoming Comic Invasion festival in May.
They could have easily thrown in the towel once it was clear that we couldn't meet in person anymore and the comics festival had to be postponed. Instead, they worked diligently on their stories, met online and eventually published “Wanderlust”, a 52-page comic about the discovery of extraordinairy places: abandoned hospitals, prisons for children, and dilapidated ring-shaped houses – all emerging from the Sea of Fog on its cover:
Contact me if you'd like to purchase a copy of “Wanderlust”, or look out for it on the table of the Werkstatt für Comics at the Comic Invasion festival end of November – fingers crossed.