This is something of a rare find I chanced upon in a Mandarake book store the last time I was in Tokyo – a used copy of Otomo Katsuhiro’s Hansel & Gretel comic book. Not unlike the short stories from his Memories, Otomo-san interprets the classic tales from the Brothers Grimm with a comedic twist and playful satire.
I was quiet unaware of the existence of this book till I chanced upon it – the 2nd book stores in Nakano Broadway are excellent places to discover rare gems like this, often at bargain prices. Definitely stop by the place if you’re visiting Tokyo.
This book also provide an interesting glimpse at the early work of Otomo, ( the compilation first published in 1981 ) when he was still discovering a unique style of his own and the influence of French comic artist Moebius is highly recognizable.
This book is no longer available in bookstores, but you can order a used copy from Amazon Japan here. ( you will also need to engage a re-shipping service like Tenso.com if the Amazon Marketplace seller does not ship internationally )15