Graphic Content Book Club: "Slum Wolf" by Tadao Tsuge

Graphic Content is our reading group exclusively for graphic novels and comics!

This month the club will be discussing Slum Wolf by Tadao Tsuge, translated by Ryan Holmberg.

Though virtually unknown in the United States, Tadao Tsuge is one of the original masters of alternative manga, and one of the world's great artists of the down-and-out. Never before available in English, this ... selection of his stories from the late sixties and the seventies depicts the lives of punks, vagrants, gangsters, and other lost souls with gritty lyricism, [presenting a] vision of street brawls and dive bars, shantytowns, and brothels, and an unsettling portrait of postwar Japan

"As a collection of stories, Slum Wolf presents a fully realized view of the persistence of defeat and occupation on the Japanese culture. As readers follow the disaffected and maladjusted characters through their worlds, Tsuge consistently prompts the reader to consider the feelings and circumstances by invoking the reader's empathy and fears." --Gregory Smith, Pop Matters


Tadao Tsuge is one of alternative manga's cult stars. Debuting as a cartoonist in the rental kashi-hon market in 1959, he was a leading contributor to the legendary magazine Garo during its heyday in the late 1960s. He has drawn extensively for magazines like Yagyo and Gento, often pulling from his experiences growing up in the slums of Tokyo, working for ooze-for-booze blood banks, and daydreaming while fishing. He currently lives in Chiba Prefecture, north of Tokyo, where he splits his time between cooking for his family and drawing even stranger manga.

Ryan Holmberg is an arts and comics historian. He has taught at the University of Chicago, CUNY, the University of Southern California, and Duke University, is a frequent contributor to Art in America,ArtforumYishu, and The Comics Journal, and has edited and translated books by Seiichi Hayashi, Osamu Tezuka, Sasaki Maki, and others.

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Event date: 
Monday, August 5, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Slum Wolf Cover Image
By Tadao Tsuge, Ryan Holmberg (Editor), Ryan Holmberg (Translated by), Ryan Holmberg (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681371740
Availability: Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review Comics - August 28th, 2018