Articles tagged gekiga

Manga and Minimalism: The Shared Visions of Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Raymond Carver

One is an acknowledged master of the modern short story, and the other is an influential figure in the world of alternative Japanese comics.

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1 Aug 2009 // 11:06 PM

They lived on opposite sides of the planet, at roughly the same time, and never met. In their lifetimes (one is now dead) each became an acknowledged and influential master in his chosen form of storytelling, and even though their media, social contexts and biographies were worlds apart, the early work of each artist bears striking similarities: they shared a melancholy, darkly humorous, and peculiarly bleak vision of character, story, and life.

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A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

The scope, detail and physical detail of the book is a massive leap forward from the four-panel gag strips with which Hiroshi began his career.

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And so, on to looking at what's worth reading, graphic novel-speaking, before fall comes calling.

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