|My Toripan collection. The only volume I don't own is #5. (#4 & #13 are just misplaced)|
|Gulls "steal" the author's food at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco|
It is, in short, a comic about our everyday relationship with the natural world and alternates between 4-panel observational humor (about such things as constructing the best bird feeder or raising caterpillars indoors) and freer-form philosophical nature reveries. The author, "Torino Nanko," (charmingly translated as "What child of birds" by Amazon's auto-translator) is not an environmental activist but is repeatedly credited by correspondents (whose words are featured as a part of the weekly "Toripan" section in Morning) as opening their eyes to the world around them. A bit Thornton Burgess-y in that way. (Perhaps you can see why I'm so fond of this...)
|"G' Mornin'," says the Pinyon Jay|
Recently the comic has featured periodic tour diaries of group trips (the author plus a few fellow female mangaka) and I was stunned to find that the most recent trip (which happened last fall and has been featured over the last three issues of Morning) was to the United States--to the West Coast (whose birdlife, admittedly, is largely as exotic to me as it was to them). While she never sees her target male Mountain Bluebird (a companion does, to humorous effect) she does get good looks at Anna's Hummingbirds, Acorn Woodpeckers, Steller's Jays, et al. Perhaps next time she and her friends can make it to the East Coast...
|Copyright 1953; 3rd printing 1968|
|Any guesses as to identity?|