Thursday, October 23, 2008


One of the items in the latest Diamond Previews (under Books: Japanese Books) is a 136-page art book by Usamaru Furuya entitled Flowers, which Previews describes as follows: "Flowers collects some of Furuya's best artworks. In addition to never-before-seen oil paintings and illustrations of beautiful girls trapped in brutal, even terrifying worlds, Flowers contains short manga stories and a lengthy interview with the artist. Japanese text." There aren't many comics artists, Japanese or otherwise, whose art book I would spend nearly forty dollars on, sight unseen. In fact, the only one I can think of is Furuya.

I say "nearly forty dollars," although Diamond's price is $47.49, because the Japanese price is 2520 yen, which translates to $37.80 at the Sanseidoh bookstore in Arlington Heights. You may also be able to get it cheaper through a Japanese bookstore or mail-order service than through Diamond. You'll almost certainly get it quicker, too, since it's already out in Japan.

Here's Google's translation of the book's page on Amazon.co.jp. I don't know what Amazon.co.jp's shipping cost would be, but the page includes an image of the cover and the ISBN, which is handy if you want to order the book elsewhere.

I ordered the book a little over a week ago, and it's very unlikely that it will arrive in time for me to buy and report on it by the end of Diamond's order cycle. But when it does arrive, I'll get back to you.

UPDATE: I have the book, and have reported on it here.

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