Stylistically, there is not much to be said: this is a work by a master. Both the drawing and the text dance and merge so well together, over time, thStylistically, there is not much to be said: this is a work by a master. Both the drawing and the text dance and merge so well together, over time, that this, more-than-800-pages, leaps out at the reader and makes for an interesting read, no matter if you're "into" comics, graphic novels or manga (and, indeed, gegika) or not.
Tatsumi writes of his life as a young manga lover. He reads, discovers, and at the same time experiences life, love and family troubles, mainly through his ill brother.
While this is a far cry from modern graphic novels, Tatsumi uses space - both in text and in drawings - to great advantage, which I always feel is one of the hallmarks of a master at her or his trade. His tale is one of marvel: at the manga world, at reading, at creating, at becoming forced to deal with the business side of his passion for manga, while growing up. His family's problems and fortés spring at the reader, and he, our protagonist, finds love, in some ways.
I found the ending to be the most non-likeable part of this book. While it's explosive in one way, it's still left the reader hanging, and I wonder: is there more?...more
I read this without any knowledge of the Japanese language. And yes, this is a book written in Kanji. Hence, I can only review the drawings and how thI read this without any knowledge of the Japanese language. And yes, this is a book written in Kanji. Hence, I can only review the drawings and how the lettering hits me. It was a quite intense feeling, somehow trying to read the story simply from the characters' faces, the emotions rolling throughout the book: extraterrestrials, sex, tears, pop-manga teens, and an inkling that this book is drawn by the same guy who did "Death Note", which is one of my favourite comics. All in all: strange, weird and fun....more
This is quite the "Bloom County" comic, but created roughly 20 years later. Even though Conley owes Breathed a lot, he pays hommage in some aspects, aThis is quite the "Bloom County" comic, but created roughly 20 years later. Even though Conley owes Breathed a lot, he pays hommage in some aspects, and this series holds its own despite it being Garfield-ish as far as the sort of jokes being repeated is concerned. Still, it's written with heart, smarts and something has to be said for keeping a comic about a psychopathic cat, his bullied-into-his-shoes dog companion and their human owner alive for such a long time without it delving into complete doom.
The negative bits having been concentrated on, Bucky's (the cat) one-liners and his antics can be hilarious. For instance, Bucky ordering stuff online is one thing, but the kicker - apart from what he actually orders - is the fact that a credit card-company has approved a cat's request for a credit card. And there a lot of subtle kickers like that strewn around, often displayed as a two-in-one at the end panel. This, and the fact that the characters do have interesting, concrete and genuinely funny personas, makes Conley a winner, despite only every ten or so panels being really funny.
Still, he reaches out. I recommend it, but I don't think I'll be buying it....more
As Tom Taylor continues surveying the Universe as he once knew it to be, it continues crashing around him. As he is wanted forThis was quite a treat.
As Tom Taylor continues surveying the Universe as he once knew it to be, it continues crashing around him. As he is wanted for multiple murder, he is also being desired by different creatures alive and dead, from his ordinary world as well as from fables and his vanished father.
And Mingus, the winged cat, is cute as a button.
All in all: exciting, making me long for the third collection of stories regarding...all of this....more
As the story and plot thickens, new parallel stories emerge and yet, Mike Carey manages not to muddle things by making this collection of stories compAs the story and plot thickens, new parallel stories emerge and yet, Mike Carey manages not to muddle things by making this collection of stories complicated; instead, it's growing more complex.
Easily compared with "Sandman", this story branches out towards epic characters and stories, blending literary characters such as Harry Potter and the stereotypical vampire with authors, e.g. Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain.
The story goes on, Tom/Tommy being hunted by different parties throughout different ages and tales. I shan't say more about the innards, but the story is definitely matured since volume one and is intricate. It's like getting to know the well-developed characters that make all of this come alive, which it most definitely does....more
This is a logical, slower step forward in this canon. Unfortunately, it's all a bit same-old, but the fantasies don't stop coming. In my eye, the veryThis is a logical, slower step forward in this canon. Unfortunately, it's all a bit same-old, but the fantasies don't stop coming. In my eye, the very last bit in this book regarding Tommy is the best, including the very last chapter which isn't about him at all, but about the continuing saga in the life of a very nasty and desperate psychopath.
I'm looking forward to part 5, dropping in January 2012....more
The fifth installment in the story of Tommy Taylor, a main character with some magic skills and quite a few similarities to Harry Potter.
In this book,The fifth installment in the story of Tommy Taylor, a main character with some magic skills and quite a few similarities to Harry Potter.
In this book, he goes forth with his friends through the epic tale that is The Unwritten, this time touching with the 1950s, his father's old belongings and The Tinker, a comic which turns out to have more with himself to do than he bargained for.
Started out slow but caught pace in the middle. Finished quite fairly, and I'm looking forward to read the sixth installment, even though I'm worried that it's been lacking strength of late....more
This is a black-and-white first volume of the first 20 issues of "The Sandman", an epic series written by Neil Gaiman.
Leslie S. Klinger has annotatedThis is a black-and-white first volume of the first 20 issues of "The Sandman", an epic series written by Neil Gaiman.
Leslie S. Klinger has annotated this volume, and will annotate the rest as well. The annotations range from historical - e.g. information on William Shakespeare's name and the versions of it - to clerical, the arcane but foremost the explanative, i.e. sorting out everything that surrounds The Sandman canon, i.e. the characters, the places and places.
My first edition actually contained some misshapes, e.g. blackened annotations and huge smudges, but apart from that the binding is sublime. The fact that this book is in black-and-white - the original versions being in colour - just brings the annotations more to the front, in my eye.
Although Klinger's "annotated Sherlock Holmes" is much more interesting to me personally, especially considering its extreme depth, breadth and plethora, this book is definitely worth its money and I'm eagerly looking forward to the second volume....more
Quite the flogging of a dead horse, this edition brings very little to the canon. If one can stretch this concept by branding it canon. "Loads of thouQuite the flogging of a dead horse, this edition brings very little to the canon. If one can stretch this concept by branding it canon. "Loads of thoughts from the pub on death assembled into one book" is more like it.
Grave-robbing comes to mind.
These are mostly-one-panel-drawings of suicidal bunnies. They pick fights, stand underneath stalagtites, put their heads between the hands of gigantic clocks as it's 12:58, they stand underneath helicopters and jump... You know how it'll go.
I think this volume - having read one prior - is completely unnecessary. It gave me a total of two chuckles....more
This book was thought of by Malcolm McLaren, the utter svengali as far as punk rock comes to mind; the man who at least orchestrated the Sex Pistols aThis book was thought of by Malcolm McLaren, the utter svengali as far as punk rock comes to mind; the man who at least orchestrated the Sex Pistols and Bow Wow Wow, and changed a bit of music history simply by being in the background.
I don't know how much of this story he really contributed to, but in Alan Moore's introduction - yes, there is one! - Moore claims that McLaren asked a comic store proprietor which artist is considered the best thing in comics, to which the young man answered "Alan Moore, left hand of God". Moore writes that if he ever should write an autobiography, this will be its title.
Speaking of God, it's suitable to have it in mind when thinking of the fashion industry: braggadocio, better-than-thou and unspoken rules and hierarchies. It's all in this book, wonderfully illustrated by Facundo Percio. I don't think I've ever seen computer-generated colours better used prior to this book.
This is a collection of 10 issues of a magazine that was supposed to be a film to begin with. Still, it's here as a graphic novel, one tome, and it's good. Despite the very sits-in-a-tower-ishness of the book, it's not hard to think of real-life examples that make it seem painfully real, e.g. the film "The September Issue" and Tim Gunn's "Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work", where very few people run the lives of many. And in this book, that's really the case, borderline on fascism; Moore admits that this book, much like his "V for Vendetta", is based in an England where Margaret Thatcher rules (or possibly John Major) and hence, the Dark Ages is still the case despite what some people may feel about it.
I shan't say much about the book's contents. A person is thrown into a hyper-superficial world where one creator runs The fashion house that rules, while people on the streets literally run hungry and amok; very French revolution. Or Britain under Thatcher, if you don't mind.
Percio's drawing is impeccable, and suits this book marvellously. Moore's writing is simple yet effective, and I have no qualms with envisioning the rôle of McLaren as the hurt man behind the mask, so to speak. All in all, enthralling and a philosophically simple, yet effective, read....more
This anthology consists of stories written by Henrik Bromander, and every story is drawn by a different artist, to great effect. The stories range froThis anthology consists of stories written by Henrik Bromander, and every story is drawn by a different artist, to great effect. The stories range from the mythical and religious - of which there are quite a few - to the sexual and painful.
Bromander obviously has talent in portraying lonely and frustrated people, and he uses silence and tempo very well to pace the characters and get their story across. What happens in their lives is really interesting, and one often gets pulled in.
I loved the story about the guy obsessed with Meat Loaf, the party where a kid gets thrown out a window, and the one about the lonely person who goes to a restaurant to eat but gets put off....more