The lovely people over at Emerald Street have just reviewed Fumio Obata’s Just So Happens. Here’s what they had to say:
The artwork sticks to a small palette of watercolour shades and the varied panel size allows for different perspectives and a fluid change of pace within the story. The street scenes are particularly well observed, but Just So Happens is far more than an exploration of two cities and their cultures. It’s gentle and beautiful and deals well with the subtleties of grief. There are delicate emotional punches: Yumiko repeatedly checks her phone on the way to the airport, hoping for a call saying it was all a mistake. The absurdity of funeral admin is also captured, with impersonal burial catalogues and well-meaning aunts pestering about religious figures. Floating through it all is a dancer from the Japanese Noh tradition, adding an otherworldly sense of spiritual symbolism.
Just So Happens is, more than anything, a careful and humane look at relationships, people and love.
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We’re reviving our Q&A series with this one from Fumio Obata, author of Just So Happens. Fumio Obata is a comic book author whose work and inspiration come from cultural differences and social issues in his surroundings.
If you’re in, or within easy reach of, London make sure you come down to the Just So Happens launch party at Gosh! tomorrow. More details here.
1. What was the first comic you wrote?
11 robots fighting for peace on earth. I was 10.
Come join us at Gosh! Comics this Friday to celerate the launch of Fumio Obata’s beautiful new graphic novel, Just So Happens.
More on the book:
Yumiko is a young Japanese woman who has made London her home. She has a job, a boyfriend; Japan seems far away. Then, out of the blue, her brother calls to tell her that her father has died in a mountaineering accident.
Yumiko returns to Tokyo for the funeral and finds herself immersed in the rituals of Japanese life and death – and confronting a decision she hadn’t expected to have to make.
Just So Happens is a graphic novel by a young artist and storyteller of rare talent. Fumio Obata’s drawing, in particular, is marvellous in its power and delicacy.