James Stacey - Creative Director in Tokyo

James Stacey

I'm a creative director in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

Comic Art Tokyo -
I am one of the directors of Comic Art Tokyo.

Bartkira -
I am an assistant editor of the Bartkira art collective project. I also run the Bartkira website.

Black Hook Press -
I run Black Hook Press, a small publisher of western and Japanese graphic novels. Our 2014 graphic novel Masterplasty came 6th in the Gaiman awards (http://gaiman.jp/archive/2014.html).

Hakusen Gallery -
I am a partner and I organise and curate shows for Hakusen gallery in Asagaya. Hakusen is an independent gallery that organises exhibitions of artists we like (we do not charge to exhibit).

Sister Galleries-
We have sister galleries in New York and Los Angeles. We collaborate on zines and shows with our sister galleries.

Sakura Medal Program -
I run the website for the Sakura Medal reading program.
I organise visits and talks to Japan by western illustrators and comic artists.

Interests -
Coffee, vintage bikes and riding them, old books, street fashion, and being a bit intense at times, they are my other interests.

My Creations

  1. InDesign.

  2. Adobe CC.

    Collaboration with comic illustrator James Harvey (Image Comics, DC Comics, Blank Slate Comics, Vice.com).

  3. Translation and other stuff.
    Adobe CC suite.

  4. Collaboration with awesome New Zealand artist T-Wei (http://t-wei.tumblr.com/) to produce a patch for Bartkira contributing artists
    and people working on the project. t-wei is AWESOME!

    Took about 3 months of ping pong emails with the patch company to get the patch looking how we wanted.

  5. New Business Card

    24 October 2015

    New Business Card. Designed in collab with Nic Gazin, Artistic Director for Vice.com
    Nic recently did the art direction for RUN THE JEWELS and I really liked what he did for them so asked him for something along the same lines as im a RTJ fan.

    If you like proper... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  6. A 'guerilla' style pop up exhibition held at the Lakes international comic festival in the U.K. Bartkira was exhibited at one of the 3 main locations.
    Foot traffic for the festival weekend was approx 14,000.

    A review of the festival (and the Bartkira show) can be found here-

  7. Charles Burns TCAF poster redesigned for Tokyo exhibition.
    Party this Saturday! https://www.facebook.com/events/1710940495793508/

  8. Hello,

    We asked Atsushi Kaneko to create a character for our first poster/catalogue/staff t-shirts for the festival in July. He came up with the 'Cat Woman'
    We wanted to pay homage to GARO, an avante garde comic magazine from the 60-70s. The festival and it's organisers have close ties with... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  9. Not much to say really.
    The event takes place Sunday 31st July. Free Admission!

  10. Hi All,

    Super stoked to have Satoshi Kitamura at CAT this Sunday.

    If you are a fan of his work come to the free workshop!



  11. Chip Kidd Interview

    4 November 2016

    We recently interviewed Chip Kidd for the Black Hook Press blog

    I saw him when he did a talk in Tokyo a few years ago (http://www.nippon.com/en/views/b02904/) , and recently he has
    been doing more design work in the comic and manga field of book publishing
    so it... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  12. Hello,
    Its a poster that takes heavily from the design of the cover of our next book.


  13. Hi there,

    Here's quite a funny review of Dokudami Tenement that starts
    at 4m 50s.
    I edited and designed this book.
    We are working on volume 2 now.
    Mainly done in Adobe Indesign.
    You can order a copy via the Black Hook Press website.


  14. This is just a flyer for our next show.
    If you find yourself in Asagaya/Koenji on Saturday then pop along for the party.

  15. Hello,

    This is a cover design for a forthcoming book BHP are putting out.
    32 Pages, English.

    Vermillion/Obscura/Prussian Blue/Cumin
    Typeface - Agency FB
    Done in indesign C.C.

    For New York Review Books (https://www.nyrb.com) upcoming Tsuge publication they describes Tadao Tsuge as follows -

    "Though virtually unknown in the... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  16. We like publisher Youth in Decline's idea to have an annual tee shirt.

    So we hooked up with Dirty Robot to do a 'Black Hook Press x Dirty Robot' Tee in time for Christmas.