Comic artist Katsuki Tanaka made this month’s unique cover design. He has been expanding his field as a motion creator, and he has just released his first DVD “Sunday” How do you see Katsuki Tanaka’s world?
Please introduce yourself.
Hellooo! I am Katsuki Tanaka. I was born in Osaka, Japan and it was when I was an elementary student I started to make comics and motions. When I was a junior high school student, I spent all my time for club activity (tennis club), and in high school, I was absorbed in a band and break dance. I studied at a design department in an art university and I became a comic artist at the same time. I moved to Tokyo after graduating from the university and have been doing various activities since then.
You have published many comics, such as “Baka Drill (Foolish Driller)” and “Ossu! Tonco chan”. What are the comics for you?
The comics influenced me as much as TV when I was a child. The existence of a comic artist, his/her activities, the way he/she understands and thinks about things were the points that influenced me the most rather than the comics itself. The comics were an interesting adult world that seems to be able to make the view in front of me bright.
Ossu! Tonco chan 2002
Could you give us an actual example you were influenced by?
Not only Fujio Akatsuka, Ultra man Seven, pop songs, TVs and magazines, but also I think friends, the town of Osaka and the environment around myself were very influential!
Video Frogtoise from the album “Zoomer” Directed by Katsuki Tanaka 2002
What are you careful at when you make a motion work?
At first, if people around me like it.
I would like to know about your first DVD “Sunday“, which was released on the 29th of November.
I hope people enjoy my DVD as they play music on a player or as they keep on turning on lights. No jokes there at all.
What is a recommended point in this DVD?
It must be the motion materials that are attached as a special supplement. It covers many movements of a middle-aged bald man, a middle-aged woman, a child, a student preparing for an examination and a person in a panda suit. This part cost the best in this DVD! Hehehe.
What do you understand about making people laugh? “Fine” arts are fine but I personally find something congenial in “Funny” arts.
Making people laugh means twisting people’s hearts around your finger. So I think you need to understand “the standard way of thinking” more than necessary.If you could not stay at an “average” point, you could not imagine how peoplefeel something funny. However, guessing the atmosphere around you and “feeling average” throughout your life looks unnatural. As I am making my life with this job, I am gradually getting free from worldliness. So I feel more comfortable when people laugh at me rather than making funny things on purpose. Making people laugh means this sort of level for me. If you find something congenial in something,that is because a creator understands people’s feelings at the standard level.
Please tell us about “GbM”.
“GbM” is my T-shirt shop and I design the T-shirts as well. From dyeing T-shirts to embroidering, I do everything as a hobby. I am looking forward to receiving your order.
Please tell us the cover design you made for this issue.
I used one of the special materials in my DVD to create this cover design. “Amiddle aged woman’s uncertain Kazu Dance” is the title of this. “Uncertain” is key and important here. If you remember something only vaguely, covering that uncertain point with your imagination is the only way to overcome trouble.Sometimes that imagination can be something more than a real thing without the aim of “covering” !
The lady in the cover design does not seem to dance better than a real Kazu Dance, though (laugh).
It is nearly end of the year 2002. What do you think about this year if you look back?
Nothing good things happened to me. I think the next year will be worse.
Please leave a message to Shift readers.
Let’s turn the world over! Let’s feel as if we turned the world over! Let’s do these things with the white of the eye!
Text: Sachiko Kurashina