Comic books at the commercial end of the scale are mostly the stuff of fantasy. Marvel didn’t build its universe and Osamu Tezuka didn’t become the “god of manga” with tales of the everyday and familiar. However, some comic creators — Harvey Pekar in the United States, Yoshiharu Tsuge in Japan — developed more personal, realistic approaches that won critical kudos, if not big checks for movie rights.
In Takahiro Horie’s “Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me?” Sawako Hayakawa (Haru Kuroki) is a successful and in-demand artist who thrills her perky, all-business editor, Chika (the single-named Nao), with an idea for a series based on her own life, her troubled marriage included. To her husband’s dismay, her new manga seems drawn directly from her daily existence, almost word for word and revelation by disturbing revelation.
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