Open up some 'Vertigo Pop: Tokyo'

Fri, May 17th, 2002 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

In April we brought you an interview with artist Seth Fisher who spoke with CBR News about the upcoming mini-series "Vertigo Pop: Tokyo" that hits stores July 10th. This week Seth Fisher forwarded along some images from the first issue as well as a first look at issue #2 of the series. DC describes the book as follows:

"The first of several VERTIGO POP miniseries debuts. A lone American armed with a state-of-the-art digicam invades Tokyo in search of the ultimate in techno-cool. Just when he thinks he's figured the place out, a precocious, ultra-hip Japanese high-school girl sweeps him away into the fast, furious and unforgiving underside life in the world's most electric city. Traditional Japanese values of honor, harmony and Yakuza gangs collide with the accelerated influence of American pop culture, exploding into a crisis that could happen nowhere but Tokyo!"

[Issue 1, Pages 8 and 9] [Issue 1, Page 21] [Issue 2, Cover] [Issue 2, Page 18]
Issue 1, Pages 8 and 9 Issue 1, Page 21 Issue 2, Cover Issue 2, Page 18

In April, Fisher spoke about "Vertigo Pop: Tokyo."

"'Vertigo Pop: Tokyo' is my big baby right now. I am working on the last issue right now. I have lived in Japan for about 4 years and I have been waiting for a long time to draw Japan the way it really is. I have seen Japan drawn by a lot of different people, but none of the images I have seen really ring true. Tokyo is not this iconic city and Tokyoites are not these cold automatons. Japan is a very strange place with its own bizarre logic. John [Vankin, writer of the mini-series and co-creator] also lived in Tokyo for many years so when we got together it seemed like a perfect chance to finally fill that need and draw a book about Japan. I worked with John on several big book stories for Paradox Press and he is really a perfectionist and the kind of person I need as a partner for a book that is this important to me. I think that 'VP:T' is definitely my best work so far. This book was very much a group effort and in fact we went thought a lot of ideas before we finally settled on this one. Interestingly, as a Vertigo book this story involves no hypothetical futures and no science fiction premises. It is totally a real, though somewhat extreme, story. In fact I toned down some aspects of Tokyo because I felt they might read as too exaggerated, when in fact they are really true. But I need for the book to feel believable too, and I think it does. As far as the production of the book goes, I am extremely hands on. I argue about script, dialogue, I fight about balloon placement, and I try to review the entire book's coloring before it gets printed. I even oversee the translations. Basically I am a nightmare to work with because I need for everything to be exactly perfect. I imagine people hate working with me, but hopefully after the book is done they will feel it was worth it."

For more from Seth Fisher read the full interview from April 22nd.

CBR Staff Writer Arune Singh contributed to this story.

 
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