Thursday, 4 November 2010

Strangely beautiful

A new English-language release of a Suehiro Maruo manga – The Strange Tale of Panorama Island – is released this month. Suehiro is one of the genuinely transgressive manga artists. (As opposed to those in another recent collection of English translations of "alternative" manga, where much work seemed immature and unimpressive.) He gives beautiful lines to the bizarre and the disturbing (and might be recognisable to some from illustrations used on previous CD covers by John Zorn's Tzadik label – eg here or here.) The new book is a story from the classic Japanese author Edogawa Rampo (who took his name from Edgar Allen Poe – just say the Japanese name quickly.)

Suehiro's posters, artwork and manga will be kinky to some, stimulating to others, or often just plain weird. Or, on the other hand, you might know his simple illustration of How to Take a Japanese Bath (take a look inside on Amazon.).

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