So I sent an email to the guy who created a bunch of Kazuo Umezu-inspired merchandise at http://www.otooto22.com, which you can purchase if you live in Japan. I simply asked if it wasn’t possible for them to ship to other countries as well; and he pretty much replied instantly saying it wasn’t possible, but they were willing to look into it. Which was the standard polite answer I’d expect from a Japanese person. But then he told me he was meeting up with Umezu-san soon, and asked if I wanted to relay a message to him. I was like “whuuuuuuut”. Kind of unsure what to say, I just told him to tell Umezu-san that his fans are rooting for him from all over the globe; and that it’d be really nice if some more of his works would get published in English.
So today I got an e-mail back basically saying that Umezu-san said “THANKS!” back, and that the guy from the Otooto22 site, a person from the publisher, and Umezu-san discussed the possibility of bringing over more works. Pretty neat, I thought.