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« Reply #120 on: May 16, 2020, 11:37:57 PM »

Bought that Neat Stuff collection last week and was enjoying it a lot. Now re-reading my old Hate comics. Obviously over the top but still so much is very recognizable. Great fun.
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« Reply #121 on: December 10, 2021, 11:34:59 AM »

Was rereading my Sandman comics and noticed there's a Netflix series coming up.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBXqrBl6pEo
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« Reply #122 on: December 19, 2021, 01:52:20 AM »

Bought that Neat Stuff collection last week and was enjoying it a lot. Now re-reading my old Hate comics. Obviously over the top but still so much is very recognizable. Great fun.

Hate keeps getting better and better. Probably just about the only comics series that has managed to do that over the years and decades. Most of Bagge’s later stuff is good to, Apocalypse Nerd is a standout imo. His biographical books about famous women in history not quite as much so, but still an interesting read.
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« Reply #123 on: December 20, 2021, 01:38:18 AM »

Not sure if already posted but I'm a big fan of Oliver Ledroit. Crazy detailed and often downright brutal work.

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« Reply #124 on: February 24, 2022, 04:41:26 PM »

A few weeks ago I finished Junji Ito's adaptation of Osamu Dazai's "No Longer Human" and wow, that was one of the best things I've read in a while. I strongly considered just immediately reading the original book afterwards but I decided to save that for later this year. Unsurprisingly it's a brutal story, yet despite tragedy after tragedy Yozo Oba's journey is riveting. Dazai's portrayal of alcohol and drug addiction is spot on nailing both the insanity and the humor that sometimes comes from it. Junji Ito also brings his A game, modifying his illustration style to fit the material and doing it perfectly. I'd be willing to call this essential for those interested in pessimistic and misanthropic literature.

https://www.viz.com/read/manga/junji-ito/product/6126

While reading "No Longer Human" I more than once thought of Teruo Ishii's adaptation of Yoshiharu Tsuge's "Screw-Style", a film I adore. Tsuge's work has been famously unlicensed for English readers but I was hoping maybe that had changed. To my happy surprise Drawn & Quarterly are publishing all of Tsuge's work, newly translated and with accompanying essays on Tsuge himself, in seven volumes over the next however many years. "Screw-Style" isn't out yet so I picked up "Red Flowers", not realizing it was the second collection and I'm about halfway through. While markedly different than "Screw-Style" and "No Longer Human", there is still a certain quiet and almost desolate feeling to a lot of the work. It's my understanding Tsuge's later works dig increasingly into the type of self-imposed isolation and social ostracism of "No Longer Human", but without the pallor of drug/alcohol addiction. We'll see. I'll definitely be picking up these volumes from Drawn & Quarterly as they're released from now on.

https://drawnandquarterly.com/books/red-flowers/
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« Reply #125 on: February 25, 2022, 10:40:43 AM »

Yoshiharu Tsuge's "Screw-Style"

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« Reply #126 on: February 25, 2022, 12:15:44 PM »

A few weeks ago I finished Junji Ito's adaptation of Osamu Dazai's "No Longer Human" and wow, that was one of the best things I've read in a while. I strongly considered just immediately reading the original book afterwards but I decided to save that for later this year. Unsurprisingly it's a brutal story, yet despite tragedy after tragedy Yozo Oba's journey is riveting. Dazai's portrayal of alcohol and drug addiction is spot on nailing both the insanity and the humor that sometimes comes from it. Junji Ito also brings his A game, modifying his illustration style to fit the material and doing it perfectly. I'd be willing to call this essential for those interested in pessimistic and misanthropic literature.

Read that one recently myself. Of course it deviated a great deal from the original plot, as it had to (I recall first looking at the length of it and thinking, "wonder what he's added?") considering Junji is more an outright "horror" cartoonist. But it also sticks to the plot very well and introduces some, I think worthy additions, including the change of the ending which I think was very well done (the final picture of the protagonist is excellent). As much as I love the original, I think this "horror-fied" version sits pretty well (a bit iffy about the "descent to Hell" bit, I suppose, but still...). It's been a while since I read the original anyway so for all I know Junji's just picked up on little parts of the story and extrapolated.

Only just recently been getting into Junji Ito's work anyway. "Uzumaki" is one of the best horror stories I've read in any format. "Self" obliterating stuff.
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« Reply #127 on: February 27, 2022, 10:31:21 PM »

Just finished rereading my old Sin City comics. Great non-pc fun and some jaw dropping drawings.
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