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UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES Akiko has finally achieved her dream of becoming a manga artist! She’s almost ready to fully immerse herself in the wonderful world of shoujo when Hidaka-sensei approaches her. Just what does he want?


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UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES Akiko has finally achieved her dream of becoming a manga artist! She’s almost ready to fully immerse herself in the wonderful world of shoujo when Hidaka-sensei approaches her. Just what does he want?

30 review for Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey, Vol. 4

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    That wonderful mix of waxing nostalgic on one's youth (early to mid 20s) while at the same time wishing for a time machine to go back and punch your ignorant younger self in the face!! That wonderful mix of waxing nostalgic on one's youth (early to mid 20s) while at the same time wishing for a time machine to go back and punch your ignorant younger self in the face!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Higashimura career as a manga creator starts to take off. As she meets other professionals in the field (and there is some name dropping), she begins to break free from the orbit of the eccentric mentor who has guided her since high school. Funny, yet with a realistic view of how hard it can be to make your dreams come true. The next volume is the final one and promises to be a dramatic turn.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Higashi moves to Osaka to be with friends who are also manga creators, and continues to passively neglect Sensei. A life-changing event that has been hinted at for a couple of volumes looms much closer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Doel

    The story is generally good and informative (it's autobiographical and talks a lot about how manga is created). For me the most interesting character, by far, is the sensei, Hidaka Kenzou. He is drawn crisply and has an equally crisp character in the story. The other characters are mostly frumpy and wishy-washy as characters. Without Kenzou, the story would not be very good. Volume 4 finished with a bang; I was ready to quit, but I will pick up and read the last volume, which is due out soon. The story is generally good and informative (it's autobiographical and talks a lot about how manga is created). For me the most interesting character, by far, is the sensei, Hidaka Kenzou. He is drawn crisply and has an equally crisp character in the story. The other characters are mostly frumpy and wishy-washy as characters. Without Kenzou, the story would not be very good. Volume 4 finished with a bang; I was ready to quit, but I will pick up and read the last volume, which is due out soon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mahlon

    This series consistently meets and exceeds my expectations with each new volume. I think it’s one of the better memoirs I’ve read... maybe ever? Definitely top three. I feel Higashimura’s heart in every page. Her treasured, sometimes remorseful, memories of Sensei create a palpable tension that is so, SO compelling. This story isn’t about its author’s artistic journey... that’s just a framing device. This story is about the friendship she had with her teacher. I’m looking forward to this next an This series consistently meets and exceeds my expectations with each new volume. I think it’s one of the better memoirs I’ve read... maybe ever? Definitely top three. I feel Higashimura’s heart in every page. Her treasured, sometimes remorseful, memories of Sensei create a palpable tension that is so, SO compelling. This story isn’t about its author’s artistic journey... that’s just a framing device. This story is about the friendship she had with her teacher. I’m looking forward to this next and final volume, despite knowing I’ll need tissues.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pollapollina Books

    Continua l’autobiografia a fumetti della mangaka Higashimura, un po’ comica e pazzerella, un po’ commuovente, nel suo rapporto con la figura del maestro di disegno, da lei stessa definito un “supereroe”.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liliana

    This series always gives me an existential crisis in all the best ways.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Loz

    Raw, painful, hilarious in inimitable Higashimura style. Can't wait for more! Raw, painful, hilarious in inimitable Higashimura style. Can't wait for more!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emmen

    I really love stories about creativity, especially memoirs! Akiko Higashimura's Blank Canvas is a really charming story about her journey to become a manga artist. What makes this series really stand out is her honest portrayal of her complicated relationship with her art teacher. This particular volume sees the beginning of Akiko's creative career. While caught up in the excitement of achieving her dreams she begins to neglect other aspects of her life. The volume ends on a cliffhanger that has I really love stories about creativity, especially memoirs! Akiko Higashimura's Blank Canvas is a really charming story about her journey to become a manga artist. What makes this series really stand out is her honest portrayal of her complicated relationship with her art teacher. This particular volume sees the beginning of Akiko's creative career. While caught up in the excitement of achieving her dreams she begins to neglect other aspects of her life. The volume ends on a cliffhanger that has me both dreading and anticipating the concluding volume.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is when Higashimura's career takes off. She regularly making manga and money. Then she gets invited to a holiday party in Tokyo her publisher has for all the mangakas. I love this part because she sees Yamaha Ai, who seems very fashionable in a formal kimono. Two of my favorite josei mangakas meet! This also spurs Higashimura to move to Osaka, but she's afraid to tell her sensei. She has become a trusted assistant in preparing student for art college exams and even helping change his yard t This is when Higashimura's career takes off. She regularly making manga and money. Then she gets invited to a holiday party in Tokyo her publisher has for all the mangakas. I love this part because she sees Yamaha Ai, who seems very fashionable in a formal kimono. Two of my favorite josei mangakas meet! This also spurs Higashimura to move to Osaka, but she's afraid to tell her sensei. She has become a trusted assistant in preparing student for art college exams and even helping change his yard to look like Monet's with paving stones and violets. She's enjoying the single artist's life when she gets a call from her sensei -- he has cancer and he needs her back to teach one last set of students. What a perfectly paced cliffhanger! In this volume, I like different art style uses for Ishida Takumi who is loose limbed and cartoony. I think there's a greater attention to the backgrounds and space. The art is graceful and yet fun like when sensei recalls teaching at a school and having the students scare off a biker gang.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Destiny

    Gosh, I love this series and her teacher! He’s hardcore, but he loves his students even more. ;__; The way the author wants to go back in time and slap some sense into her younger self makes me laugh, and I definitely sympathize with her regrets. Like her, my art teacher wanted me to become a painter just like him, and I never wanted to disappoint him but my heart wasn’t in painting either. I see why she wanted to write this story so much now. (view spoiler)[ I KNEW THIS WAS COMING, but it hit me Gosh, I love this series and her teacher! He’s hardcore, but he loves his students even more. ;__; The way the author wants to go back in time and slap some sense into her younger self makes me laugh, and I definitely sympathize with her regrets. Like her, my art teacher wanted me to become a painter just like him, and I never wanted to disappoint him but my heart wasn’t in painting either. I see why she wanted to write this story so much now. (view spoiler)[ I KNEW THIS WAS COMING, but it hit me all the same. I already had the idea her sensei died probably from old age but apparently it was terminal cancer instead ;___; (hide spoiler)]

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deeja

    This 4th installment to Akiko's manga memoir is slightly less engaging than the last three in my opinion but does include a few really fun insights in to the changing path of her life from Amateur to Early Professional Mangaka. There's an explanation of the many duties expected of a single artist and the community created by the overworked and their unpaid loved ones or paid professional assistants. I do look forward to the next book and believe it will be a good finale to the series, this volum This 4th installment to Akiko's manga memoir is slightly less engaging than the last three in my opinion but does include a few really fun insights in to the changing path of her life from Amateur to Early Professional Mangaka. There's an explanation of the many duties expected of a single artist and the community created by the overworked and their unpaid loved ones or paid professional assistants. I do look forward to the next book and believe it will be a good finale to the series, this volume just felt slightly padded to make the five volume deal.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    This manga tugs at my heartstrings and the ending to this one! What a cliffhanger! I can't wait to read the last volume. But I can see why this won award. The story is just so well written for graphic memoir and I love Akiko's voice over and bluntness about how she was as young adult lol. it's a lovely story about her and relationship with her sensei and feeling appreciative of learning from someone who you respect so much This manga tugs at my heartstrings and the ending to this one! What a cliffhanger! I can't wait to read the last volume. But I can see why this won award. The story is just so well written for graphic memoir and I love Akiko's voice over and bluntness about how she was as young adult lol. it's a lovely story about her and relationship with her sensei and feeling appreciative of learning from someone who you respect so much

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suhail

    Higashimura sensei delivers yet again. With warmth and wit she shows us her first steps into the world of Manga making. One of the things I enjoy about her work is how she changes style to tell her story more effectively. For instance when talking about the differences between the Bouquet Magazine and Cookie Magazine, she changes her drawing style so you immediately get her point.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Noninuna

    I still love the series. We're approaching the last instalment and here we get to see her evolved and adapted to demand rather than being a stubborn artist. Clearly, this is why, I think, she is one of the successful mangaka to date. That cliffhanger tho!! I still love the series. We're approaching the last instalment and here we get to see her evolved and adapted to demand rather than being a stubborn artist. Clearly, this is why, I think, she is one of the successful mangaka to date. That cliffhanger tho!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bee (BacchusVines)

    This graphic memoir is so touching. I keep wanting to cry every time we jump to the present and know that Sensei isn't around anymore. And the *ending of this volume* had broken that dam and here I am, crying. I really want to explore more of Higashimura's work. This graphic memoir is so touching. I keep wanting to cry every time we jump to the present and know that Sensei isn't around anymore. And the *ending of this volume* had broken that dam and here I am, crying. I really want to explore more of Higashimura's work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    THE WAY I AM IN MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS MANGA!!! The end of this volume in particular was quite the gut punch to me. I can really appreciate what Higashimura is getting across in this autobiography, and it will always be something I recommend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kurtis Burkhardt

    Adorable manga Love it👌😁😻 🖼💕

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Read scanlations.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    The ending scene made me very sad, the final volume will be a sad affair isn’t it

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gardy (Elisa G)

    Vorrei un interno volume spin-off con il racconto dettagliato del party di Cookie ai tempi in cui Ai Yazawa con Nana dominava il mondo.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I thought I was going to stop reading after this one because I've been a bit bored with the series, but the ending made me cry and now I think I have to continue. I thought I was going to stop reading after this one because I've been a bit bored with the series, but the ending made me cry and now I think I have to continue.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Howard

    Wow, this volume hits you right in the feels.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ren (A Bookish Balance)

    4.5/5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    Urgh! This is so good! ;__;

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liadan

    This is such a good series and I have a feeling when I'm finished I'll go back to the beginning and read it again. Higashimura is a skilled story teller, artful at weaving humor and sadness. This is such a good series and I have a feeling when I'm finished I'll go back to the beginning and read it again. Higashimura is a skilled story teller, artful at weaving humor and sadness.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lizbeth ???

    This one made me cry.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Snail

    I love reading manga about making manga. So glad this series got picked up and published in English!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eressea

    又不小心把出差要看的書先看完了 還讓我週日熬夜看完今天上班整個要死不活的 跟最後的秘竟東京藝大對看 發現藝大其實沒像秘境寫的那樣美好 現實還是會壓死人的 畢業沒頭路好可怕啊 但日本人的社會壓力還是比台灣大得多的感覺 沒有照著框框走就會有各種奇怪的傳言... 不過最觸動人心的還是作者中年之後無窮的悔恨 在殘酷的出道之路中顯出對恩師的孺慕之情 若是給學生時的我看,大概會覺得這部很難看吧 但現在我只想說:東立快出第五集啊啊啊

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maija

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