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Here’s yet another reason to go to Toronto in May: Manga creator Natsume Ono will be a special guest at this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
Ono creates beautiful, moody manga for adults, as far as you can get from the boobs-and-battles stories that dominate the medium in this country; you can read several chapters of her tale of a skilled but shy swordsman, House of Five Leaves, and the first chapter of the modern drama not simple at Viz’s SigIKKI website. Viz has also published Ono’s Ristorante Paradiso, the story of a woman who goes to work at her mother’s restaurant, seeking revenge for being abandoned as a child, and instead falls in love with the staff of charming, bespectacled men, and the sequel, Gente.
Ono, who is making her first appearance in North America, joins a stellar lineup that includes Chris Ware, Jillian Tamaki, Mawil, and Adrian Tomine, and organizer Christopher Butcher thinks she will be a good fit, noting, “fantastic work fits squarely into the ‘art comix’ idiom that’s at the core of the Festival.”