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Part memoir, part graphic novel, part narrative history, Drawing From Memory presents a complex look at the real-life relationship between a mentor and his student. It is a book that will inspire the artist in all of us.
An excerpt from Drawing From Memory
In the summer of 1951, Father invited me to his house in Sasebo but I didn’t go. Instead, Tokida and I spent a lot of time exploring the big world of Tokyo. We felt like Tanpei and Kyusuke, our comic book doubles.
“Look at them,” Tokida said. “They all go to offices and do the same thing every day until they die. I’ll never work for anybody. If I can’t be a cartoonist, I’ll shine shoes.”
“I won’t get a job, either,” I said. “I’ll shine shoes with you.”
In an art gallery in the Ginza, the main shopping area, we saw real Van Gogh paintings for the first time. Tokida got very excited.
“Van Gogh painted with his fingers!” he said.
“No he didn’t! I can see the brush marks.”
“How can you see anything in this mob! We didn’t come to see a baseball game. Let’s get out of here!”
“Office slaves!” Tokida fumed outside.
“Look, they’re too lazy to shine their own shoes! I’ll starve first.”
“I won’t, either,” I said.