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Gold Pollen and Other Stories

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Seiichi Hayashi was a leading figure in the hotbed of avant-garde artistic production of 1960s and early 70s Tokyo. He is best known for his lyrical and experimental manga for "Garo," the famous alternative comics magazine. This volume collects a selection of Hayashi's most important manga from this period, including "Red Dragonfly" (1968), "Yamauba's Lullaby" (1968) and " ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 30th 2013 by Picturebox, Inc.
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Jeff Jackson
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hayashi's draftsmanship is never less than top notch - an exquisite combination of pop art, traditional Japanese design, French comix, and American funnybooks. From the unexpected layouts to the startling use of color, his visuals remain ravishing. His narratives are less exciting, sometimes overly self-absorbed and sometimes so dependent on cultural signifiers as to be opaque to Western readers. Fortunately this volume includes excellent essays that place his work in both historical and persona ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2016
Hayashi demands a lot from his reader. His comics are closer to poetry than prose. He demands that you connect the dots and fill in the story. He asks you to make sense of the snippets of plot. If you're Japanese, he gives you cultural references to hang on to. If you're not Japanese, like me, then tough shit. You can work through it. You're all grown up.

My favorite comics right now teach me how to read them. I'm used to speeding through a comic. I'm used to inhaling it like water; thinking litt
David Schaafsma
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-classic, manga
Very interesting alternative manga from an artist associated with Garo, in Tokyo. The most remarkable thing about this collection of Hayashi's work here is the experimental art work. The stories are not that compelling, but the technique is fascinating with respect to its approach to story, design, color. I recommend for historical purposes, to see this creative decade of the late sixties and early seventies, and some wildly different approaches to Japanese comics vs the typical range of manga.. ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
There’s super interesting work in this collection of alternative manga, but either my cultural ignorance or something else is making it really hard to grasp what’s going on most of the time. I blame myself entirely.
Eddie Watkins
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-comics
Top-notch gorgeous art but the narratives are too emo and self-absorbed for my tastes.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: comix fans
I've never read his Red Colored Elegy, a story that got much love on samehat and other comix blogs across the 2000s. I picked this up and was smitten by its shameless worship of the material, all picked from the legendary Garo magazine. A nice oversized package with excellent cardstock holding an almost watercolor look in its printed pages, which again, are so nice looking they don't even look like prints. Starting from right to left presents you with 4 curious alternative comic pieces; staring ...more
m csmnt
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A slim volume compared to other translated collections, but worth it for it's divergent subject matter (compared to Red Colored Elegy & Red Red Rock).

This collection features works inspired by Hayashii's relationship with his mother and the traditional Japanese arts she had him practice as a child.

The highlights of the volume are the last two stories Yamanba Lullaby & Gold Pollen in which Hayashii's knowledge of eastern folklore and fine arts are displayed in a truly 'in=your=face' kind
Mar 06, 2019 added it
Aaaa. Siento que este manga es como una tacita de porcelana hecha poesía. Encuentro exquisito que esta recopilación con obras de los 70 se me haga tan delicado y refrescante a la vez 🌸.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can something avant-garde in the 70's be still avant-garde in 2016? Being a retard, I think it is possible for me. This work calls for a new genre altogether. Shiga, maybe? They were so poetic, so beautiful.

I read the essay after I finished reading the pictures (??). So I re-read the Akatonbo and felt so like a peeping tom, intruding a very intimate emotion between a son and a mother. It was extremely powerful. Especially with the title page taken from Momoko-san's own calligraphy. This is wher
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Since reading "Red Colored Elegy," Seiichi Hayashi has been one of my favorite cartoonists. On first reading, his plots are opaque and obfuscated by shifts in time, and often narrative style. His pacing and storytelling are refreshingly fluid.

Hayashi is a master in evoking emotion and tone; feelings of isolation, monotony, and the endless minutiae of life, etc. His artwork is elegant, drawn with beautiful line economy. While "Red Colored Elegy" is drawn in black and white, "Golden Pollen" includ
I really love the art and the translation (big fan of skeletons saying "bro"), but since many of these are very closely tied to Japanese history, legend, etc, a lot of it went over my head. There are some excellent essays in the back to help with that. So I'd say for the Japan & manga buff four-five stars, for me, it is gorgeous to look at but I'm not up to speed to really get the whole experience.
Emilia P
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Ehhhhh. Artsy mid-century manga. Sometimes that's really great -- but I think this required knowing a lot more storytelling conventions and Japanese mythology kind of stuff than I did. This guy has some messed up feelings about ladies yeah? That was the point right? Uhhh k.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Glorious, beautiful, midcentury alternative manga. Knocking off one star only because I didn't enjoy the stories in the collection as much as I did the art.
Kelly Dashiell
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I flipped through it but couldn't get into it.
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely experimental and alternative!
Mandy E
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. The art is stunning. The stories are strange and powerful.
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