Tuesday, August 4 2009
One is an acknowledged master of the modern short story, and the other is an influential figure in the world of alternative Japanese comics.
Saturday, August 1 2009
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.
Tuesday, April 28 2009
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.
Monday, August 11 2008
Yoshihiro Tatsumi's work is aimed at an adult audience, and his stories present a perspective that can be challenging for a reader. It is dark and disturbing, but definitely worth the trip.
Wednesday, October 19 2005
While there are no fantastical elements present in Tatsumi's stories, the overall sense of dread and undisguised revulsion at the human condition which pervade his worldview are strong enough to evoke the most horrific of reactions.