A collection of the bizarre, multi-dimensional comics of Tiger Tateishi, famous for his tiger-themed picture books and paintings. Includes many never-before-seen works, such as Mite Mite Gekijyo, Toto and Culcho. The work of a singular talent who influenced the genius of Fujio Akatsuka, now masterfully restored with a new binding by book designer Shin Sobue.
About the Artist
Kōichi “Tiger” Tateishi worked in a variety of media including comic books, illustrated books, painting, sculpture and ceramics during his prolific career. Inspired by science fiction, including Robert Sheckley’s early stories, his enigmatic works explored reality and its limitations. In 1966, his work was featured in the acclaimed 15th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition. In 1969, Tateishi relocated to the city of Futurism, Milan in Italy, and began working in the studio of Ettore Sottsass, bringing the ideas of the architect and designer to life.
During this time, Tateishi’s personal artwork moved closer to visual narratives as he made several oil tableaux infused with science-fiction themes. Upon his return to Japan in 1982, he produced daily comics embracing the nonsense genre. Tiger Tateishi passed away at only 56 years of age, but is fondly remembered for the zest and energy of his mind-bending works, which invigorated the Japanese pop-art scene.