ToCo

Created in early 2018 by Julia Nascimento and Erica Ward, ToCo – the Tokyo Collective emerged as an irrepressible desire to work with other local creatives: to join forces, to share ideas and experiences, and to tell stories together.

The first collaborative project, the anthology “hajime” (in Japanese, “beginning”), released in April 2018, features comics, poetry, and illustrations of seven non-Tokyo-native artists telling their first impressions of the city.

The second issue, “monogatari” (in Japanese, “to tell of things”), was released in fall of 2018, and includes twice as many contributors, each telling stories of inanimate objects of Tokyo in a completely different way, giving the anthology a strength born from diversity.

The third issue, “himitsu” (in Japanese, “secret”), was released in November 2019, and comprises works of thirteen artists telling about their secrets of Tokyo.

All anthologies had a dedicated artwork exhibition at for its book release.

Covers for hajime (illustration by Erica Ward), monogatari (illustration by Julia Nascimento), and himitsu (illustration by Natalie Andrewson)

Postcard invitation for hajime and monogatari exhibitions

Pages 1 and 2 of “inbloom”, part of anthology hajime

hajime artwork exhibition

hajime closing event as part of the Sequential Art Meetup

Pages 1 and 2 of “Lil Key”, part of anthology monogatari

monogatari exhibition opening reception

monogatari closing event as part of the Sequential Art Meetup

Pages 1 and 2 of “The Private Lives os Sachiko and Minoru Tanaka”, part of anthology himitsu

himitsu artwork exhibition

himitsu artwork exhibition

himitsu artwork exhibition