Maki Sasaki
A Dream to have in Heaven

Maki Sasaki was born in Kobe and studied at Kyoto City University of Arts. He works as a manga artist, picture book author, and illustrator. His manga debut came with a story entitled 'Yoku aru hanashi' ('A Common Story') in the November 1966 issue of the experimental manga magazine Garo. He gained popularity with other avant-garde manga works for Garo, such as 'Tengoku De Miru Yume' ('A Dream to have in Heaven', November 1967), 'Umibe no machi' ('City by the Sea', November 1968), 'Sabaku no Medama' ('Desert Eyeball', August 1970) and 'Pikurusu-gai ibun' ('Strange Tales from Pickles Town', February 1974).

His first picture book was 'Yappari ōkami' ('The Lone Wolf') in 1973. Among his best known works are the titles in the 'Musshu Munieru' ('Monsieur Meuniere') series and the 'Nemui nemui nezumi' ('Very Sleepy Mouse') series. His works are noted for their highly distinctive worlds and characters. He also designed the original cover for Haruki Murakami's 1982 novel, 'A Wild Sheep Chase'.

Desert Eyeball by Maki Sasaki
Desert Eyeball

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