Blank Canvas (Paperback)

My So-Called Artist’s Journey (Kakukaku Shikajika) Vol. 3

By Akiko Higashimura

Seven Seas, 9781642750713, 156pp.

Publication Date: November 26, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/21/2019)
Paperback (8/27/2019)
Paperback (6/9/2020)
Paperback (3/31/2020)

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Akiko has graduated from art school—let the job hunt begin! But finding work is easier said than done. Will she have to return home to Miyazaki empty-handed?

About the Author

Akiko Higashimura is the Eisner-winning mangaka of Princess Jellyfish, Tokyo Tarareba Girls, and Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey (known as Kakukaku Shikajika in Japanese), all of which are available in English.

Praise For Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey (Kakukaku Shikajika) Vol. 3

Praise for Blank Canvas

"...a fun and personal chronicle of a girl's coming of age and rise to prominence in the manga industry. It's extremely entertaining and has just enough intelligence and self-reflection to resonate as a lived experience. It's just really, really good." --Anime News Network

"Blank Canvas is another excellent addition to this ever-growing body of autobio manga, recommended for Higashimura’s fans, but also for anyone who has ever striven toward a goal. It would be a particularly beneficial read for teens who are thinking of pursuing art themselves, as both an inspiration and a reality check." --The Beat

"I really like how she frames her career beginnings not from her start as a rookie manga artist, but from her perspective as an amateur high schooler trying to brush up on her art skills... This down-to-earth approach makes her story much more relatable." --Manga.Tokyo

Praise for Princess Jellyfish

"One of the best anime and manga for beginners. Enthusiasm - geeky and otherwise - is power in Princess Jellyfish. Enthusiasm saves the day and paves the road to the future."--Kotaku

"Princess Jellyfish's ambition is simple: to tell a delightful story in a delightful way... It's a pretty deadly one-two punch."--Anime News Network

"Loaded with heart, soul, humor and insight."