Just So Happens (Hardcover)

By Fumio Obata

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419715952

Publication Date: March 17, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/17/2015)

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About the Author

Fumio Obata was born in Tokyo and moved to England in 1991. He studied illustration at the Glasgow School of Art and received his master’s from the Royal College of Art in London. As an animator, Obata has worked with Duran Duran and the UK’s Channel 4. He lives in Gloucestershire, England.


Praise For Just So Happens

“It’s a thoughtful story about grief, outsiders, and moving beyond family expectations.”

— BarnesandNoble.com

Just So Happens is a thoughtful, subtle and smart graphic novel. It presents one of those quiet stories that sticks in your mind with its charming spirit and depth.”

— Comics Bulletin

“Delicate lines and vivid watercolors create bold and flowing scenes, as well as a slow, ethereal Japanese summer.”

— Publishers Weekly

“An intimate and thoughtful story that highlights the struggles Asian immigrants face in assimilating to Western cultures.”

— Shelf Awareness

“Obata’s book is refreshingly understated; his sparse dialogue leaves lots of room for his expressive, water-colored imagery, which can appear cartoony or super-detailed or dreamlike, depending on the storytelling needs.”

— Slate

“The strength of some graphic novels, as with the prose kind, is the power to make you think. Such is the case with Just So Happens by writer/artist Fumio Obata.”

— Minneapolis Star Tribune