Usamaru Furuya

Twitter Date of Birth: January 25 1968 Hometown: Tokyo Japan Education: Tama Art University Furuya Usamarus path to manga was unusual. He studied sculpture and abstract threedimensional figures in art school and afterwards even became involved with butoh dance. For a while he worked as a high school art teacher. He made his debut as a manga artist with the groundbreaking fourpanel gag strip Palepoli which was serialized in the legendary avantgarde comics magazine Garo in 1994. Since then he has gone on to publish in major weekly magazines in Japan such as Young Sunday where Short Cuts was first serialized. In English his work has appeared in PULP: The Manga Magazine and Secret Comics Japan. Source: From About the Artist of Short Cuts English edition