Universal Credit Otaku

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Can someone become a fan of a welfare state initiative in the same way others fanaticise pop-culture entities like bands, comic books and movie stars? Universal Credit Otaku is a short journey through the urban landscapes of Basildon New Town and the electric otaku hangouts of Tokyo, Japan. From Eastern European Depeche Mode devotees to Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One. From the old Jobseekers Allowance to the new Universal Credit. From mundanity to aspiration, from love to loss. The grey M25 motorway to the colour of Hollywood. Universal Credit Otaku explores socially imbued design and its unrequited lovers.


The first book from London-based artist Chris Michael featuring accompanying illustrations by Lebanese illustrator Jo Baaklini. Published by Metafauna.

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Chris Michael is a British artist living and working in London, UK. He is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London and the Royal College of Art. His research-led practice dives into pop-culture fandom, amateurism and our collective experiences of digital reproduction — embraced by a romanticism and desire for social welfare initiatives. His first book, Universal Credit Otaku, was published in 2019 by Metafauna.

Jo Baaklini is a Lebanese illustrator and musician currently based in London. He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins.

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Metafauna
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Published on
May 9, 2019
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Pages
132
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Language
English
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Political Science / Political Process / General
Social Science / Media Studies
Social Science / Sociology / General
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