Mutant Hanako, by Makoto Aida

Makoto Aida is not a comic artist, but a 'fine' artist. At one of his exhibitions, however, he presented a limited edition of 'Mutant Hanako'. This comic story about war was drawn in an incomplete style: just the pencil sketches, without inking or toning. Aida himself said about it: "The vulgar, in the broad sense of the word, including the pornographic, is the weapon and true essence of manga." In this way, he contributed to the discussion about whether comics can be called art, and if so, in what sense. 'Mutant Hanako' has been translated and reprinted in the underground comics collection 'Secret Comics Japan'.

Last updated: 2006-11-13

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