Red Colored Elegy
Seiichi Hayashi produced Red Colored Elegy between 1970 and 1971, in the aftermath of a politically turbulent and culturally vibrant decade that promised but failed to deliver new possibilities. With a combination of sparse line work and visual codes borrowed from animation and film, the quiet, melancholy liv ...more
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I just finished Nate Powell's Swallow Me Whole which was a fantastic combination of comics experimentation and narrative, but Seiichi Hayashi's Red Colored Elegy takes experimentation in comics to another level. As such, the narrative is nearly completely lost, and the reader is forced to put far more work into filling the gaps and crafting a story. This is comics as mood and not as story; comics as odd juxtapositions and dramatic ...more
Overall, I was not particularly touched by this material. I did not find it graphically or dramatically appealing, or though ...more
Then there is the rest of the story which is a struggle to get through. Anyone who has been...oh, say...15 years old, have had the angst-riddled relationship that persists throughout this book. The difference is that they typically ...more
What can two young artists do when they are unable to make their relationship work but don't know how to let go? They cry, they draw, they throw tantrums and a few other things. They act like children but must face the consequences as adults.
This is a coming of age story in which the coming of that age never comes, both in terms of character, form and era. We never were truly innocent and a ...more
experimentation.. like it was trying to do early modernism all over
again, but from the 1970s. I think that the piecemeal (parts looking silkscreened, some futurist-looking experiments) borrowing kept it from being aesthetically convincing. I wasn't moved by the story and I also
didn't find it int ...more
Sin duda, es un relato que es más comparable con los experimentos cinematográficos de la época (Sobre todo en el cine europeo), que lo que sucedía en aquel momento en el terreno del noveno arte en el país del sol naciente en aquellos lejanos setentas.
Hayashi le es ajeno a las convenciones tradicionales del manga y narra una historia muy chiquita en base a una imaginario entre ...more
So, it's just a story about a Japanese hipster couple in the 70s, being broke, fucking, fighting, breaking up and getting back together. Sometimes it's touching. Sometimes it makes me feel shitty about all of the awful things I've ever done in a relationship.
And then I turn the page, and I just can't do anything but bug out my eyes at how damned good Hayashi is. He moves in and out of different styles with a bewildering fluency. The bulk of the dialogs b ...more
It's true, if y ...more
I probably need to read this a few more times to appreciate it. Not a book that lends itself to a casual skim-through.
Style only goes so far. I found some pieces of this to be mildly touching, but overall I don't think the experime ...more
I would give the cover 5 stars, but the story was stilted (I think that was the point?) and the art was stilted (also, maybe the point) and the dialogue was stilted (translation issues?) and I had no idea what was going on--was something going on?
I bet it was going for a mood with all of this, but I really do need to have one of those things be smooth. Sorry, this book.
The little emo picture of the author right after the last page of the book did not help ...more
I don't really know what I just read. I give this two stars instead of one because some of the art, particularly scenery, was very beautiful. But to call this book abstract isn't enough; these feel like random pages of a life in no order or any way to understand much of what's going on. The scenes are constantly shifting, and (to me) not in a good way...
It's as the GR description says, about a couple who both love and struggle with eachother, but that's it. You don't even really get a feel for t...more
Curious side effect: After reading this book, I spent the rest of my evening singing along to old 90's R&B songs. Dru Hill, Silk, Xscape, Something for the People....