Makoto Ayusawa / Uno Kamakiri / Kazuo Ozawa / Ryu Kumita / Kazu Kuroiwa / Yukiyoshi Tokoro / Kenji Morita / Kenkichi Yaoita
1987 Ten professional cartoonists formed FECO Nippon, a branch of the Federation of European Cartoonists Organizations established 1984, on July 14, Bastille Day. 1991 ten professional cartoonists formed FECO Nippon, a branch of the Federation of European Cartoonists Organizations established 1984, on July 14, Bastille Day. The group held the Sekai Manga Kamata Koshinkyoku ("1991 World Manga Kamata March 1991") in Kamata, Tokyo. 1997 On the occasion of FECO Nippon's 10th anniversary, the group changed it's basic direction from organizing overseas exhibitions to that of a print media, and changed its name to JAPUNCH. The now eight-member group published a hardcover collection of cartoons titled Caricatures Nipponnes (Nippon Cartoons) that sold for 125 francs. The book was published in France and marketed by Jupiter.The third and fourth collections, BBOW WOWW on the theme of "dogs", 2000.
There is not much market for panel cartoons in Japan; nevertheless the members of JAPUNCH are to be saluted for conceiving an ongoing project to create a collection of panel cartoons. Every cartoon in this outstanding collection comes up to international standards and many will make you burst into laughter. "Viva, Chef!" was selected for the Excellence Prize in the hope that this fine example of the high level Japanese panel cartoons have attained will become better known.
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