Born in 1967, the graphic designer, Yuichi Yokoyama lives and works
in the suburb of Tokyo. For several years now, he has developped and
expressed his graphic and pictorial art in comic strips. He also designs
illustrations for the press and publishing world. In 2004, a first
selection of his work, entitled Travaux Publics (Public Works)
was published in France, whereas Japan was biding higher by publishing
Nouveaux travaux publics (New Public Works). His mangas are
regularly published in the underground press, in Comic Cue,
and Mizue, and Saizô.
you interested in Science Fiction?
I was impressed by Tarkovskis films, Solaris and Stalker
and also by Kubricks 2001, a Space Odyssey. I also
like TV shows about aliens and prehistoric times
If one sees
Sci-Fi in my stories, that doesnt bother me, but its
not specifically my intention. Im not trying to write stories
that are set in the future, but rather to write stories which are
delivered from references to any given epoch or time. If the history
of the world had turned out differently from what we know today,
men would live according to different sets of values and different
aesthetics. The culture of that world would probably demand that
people not wear shoes or always cover their heads and never show
their true faces. It would be a civilization completely alien to
ours. Tomorrows world takes root in our present time, and
is always connected to it. Thats why it doesnt interest
me to depict the world of the future. Two of my stories, entitled
Dress-Up and Travel show characters
with no hair on their heads. And yet these characters are not old
men with bald heads. They are young people who shave their hair
off. In the civilization portrayed in those two comic strips, thats
the way things go: its maybe part of the fashion to pretend
to be old. I draw characters whose aesthetics are different from
meaning do you convey to the word new which is frequently
used in your titles?
In my work the word new means new form and
I don't want to confine that form either to the lure of innovation
or to that of exception. I try to draw things that everyone could
know and understand. I don't assimilate this newness to a future
that has taken shape.
own life style underlines what you are describing. You don't use
a computer for example
Indeed, I don't own a computer. I don't have a drivers license
either, nor a television. I watch TV at other peoples' homes. I
don't really lead a contemporary life.
from the written interview with the author,
Combats, 2004, pp. 119-126,
translated from Japanese into French by Céline Bruel,
translated into English by Mark Roberts and Marie-Noël Tournoux.