Genkaku Picasso centers on Hikaru “Picasso” Hamura, a grouchy teenager with a talent for drawing, who suddenly dies in a freak accident. The gods decide to revive him, but only on the condition that he use his artistic gift for the good of humanity, and Picasso soon discovers that sketching a person’s aura yields a surreal portrait of their psyche. Stranger still, Picasso can dive into these dreamscapes and help people by exploring their deepest emotions, memories and perceptions.
Creator Usamaru Furuya made a splash with his 1994 manga debut in the legendary underground manga magazine Garo with his innovative four-panel series Palepoli. He also created a gag series called Short Cuts for Young Sunday Magazine, which was later serialized in the English-language manga magazine Pulp and published as a graphic novel by VIZ Media. His other work includes: Jisatsu Circle, a manga adaptation of the film Suicide Club; The Chronicles of the Clueless Age, a collaboration with the writer Otsuichi; and Happiness, a series of shorts that ran in IKKI Magazine. Genkaku Picasso is Furuya’s first series for Jump SQ.
Below is a preview of the cover art from Genkaku Picasso.
Genkaku Picasso © 2008 by Usamaru Furuya/SHUEISHA Inc.