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Post-manga artist Harveyjames tells his story of teaching overseas

There’s a mountain of new comics coming out every year that may never reach your local comic shop, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Indie publisher Blank Slate just released an evocative new work by by a new name, Harveyjames.

A Long Day of Mr. James-Teacher is a 28-page story chronicle a day in the life of the cartoonist’s time teaching English to elementary school students in South Korea. For the few people that know of Harveyjames’ post-manga work, this is a bit of a departure but shows the same sense of story despite it being a more autobiographical story. Here’s a seven-page sample to get you interested:

And if you like this, 2012 will be a banner year as Harveyjames is prepping two new comics — a graphic novel titled Walk Don’t Run and a new series named Zygote.



What in the world does “post-manga” mean?

I was about to say, is that like the manga equivalent of post-rock? Because if the world is so pretentious that that has to be a term I need to kill myself immediately.

I don’t know what the fuck ‘post-manga’ means either.


November 7, 2011 at 6:29 am

“Manga” is the Brazilian Portuguese word for mango. It’s clear Harveyjames’ style has been strongly influenced by chomping mangoes with spider-goat milk.

Maybe it’s supposed to refer to artists who’ve refined their style since the period when Japanese comics began being published in North America in large quantities? (So, after about 2002 or such.)

. . . in which case, I’d still reckon the phrase is largely redundant, since it seems that just about every comics artist these days is no more than two degrees of inspiration from a Japanese artist, certain segments of the superhero/newspaper/alternative fields aside. It’s like calling Italian food “post-tomato.”

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