Friday, April 21, 2006

OF COMMON BONDAGE

The Common Bond went to Fluke in Athens this weekend. Lots of pictures. You can see where they went from serious comic bookers to some of the best drinking partners in the world. I want to make a flip book of these photos. They've changed their site into something very attractive since I last visited, but Scott and Frank remain the same.

It seems appropriate that, just after visiting their website, my ass should turn into Scooter Libby and start leaking like the cracked handle on a watergun. It must be biological memory...

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SPEAKing of Common Bonds, I just realized that Watari (in Death Note) is Alfred Pennyworth. He reveals himself just as the art starts looking increasingly like Dave Sim's. Watari himself is a very Sim-ian character design, and he's right there when the chapter breaks (where the art usually shows more freedom) turns deCIDEDly Sim-ian with big, bold, fat, sloppy shadows.

I understand why most of the art is attractive but mostly functional and representational. It's because you're meant to blaze through the damn thing. No sit'n'stare! Blaze!

A note on the translation: it's very good. Feels very natural (even if it mst acknowlege Japanes tics: why do you need so many word balloons where no one speaks?). The lettering is usually fine, but it sometimes gets shunted off to the side of balloons for not reason. Weird.

Reproduction is generally very nice, even the zip-a-tone comes out clear.

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I saw a plaid car while eating lunch. Why? WHY? WHY? WHY?

3 Comments:

Blogger Marcos Perez said...

ahh, yes the wordless balloon. i forgot about shirow! of appleseed and ghost in the shell. My opinion is slighlty colored from him being the first manga i was exposed to. the beatiful watercolored covers on those single issues. man. And the inside art caught me more than the other manga that was coming out at the time, like fist of the north star, lone wolf, grey. and the story was way differenet then anything i had experienced. Ive never actually finished the story. but what i have is far, far better than that movie, but it does suffer, in hindsight (i reread it a year ago), from being overly convuletd and sometimes, plane pointless. There are nice comedic character moments, (this is usually where the faces go super-cartoony and they grow fangs), but it serves its purpose. ghost in the shell, however i'm still lost on. I think shirow is truly mad. Orion is retarded insane, but far more lighthearted than ghost or appleseed. unlike what u say of death-note, there are these artistic aspirations of shirows stuff which often fall into some cliche riddin jumble but it's always pretty to look at.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Marcos Perez said...

plain! not plane
PLANE POINTLESS!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Justin J. Fox said...

Aside from some tasteful sweating by one FBI agent, most of the visual manga dealies are dropped and no one suddenly goes all chuck jones.

But those word balloons. It's cool sometimes, but why do I need someone saying "...". Especially when they have no problem covering up the art with it.

I was going to let you look at Death Note 1, but I found it in my bag. Talk about PLANE POINTLESS!

3:36 PM  

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