16th Manga Division Jury Selections
ARAKAWA Hiromu [Japan]
Before becoming a manga artist, ARAKAWA Hiromu spent seven years working as a farmer in Hokkaido. Well acquainted with the many emotions that are part and parcel of agricultural work, she captures the harsh realities of Japanese dairy farming while also shedding l ight on this tough and powerful way of life in a series of sidesplitting episodes. Known for numerous works in which she celebrates the joys of life, in this essay-style comic ARAKAWA reveals her own roots and little-known truths about farming life.