Black Jack: The Movie (1996)
Streams of black ink drip down scroll-like screens, dancers mimic the strokes of a paintbrush and Shaolin monks play-fight. Set to a haunting score, these are just some of the scenes in the anime-inspired dance performance “TeZukA.”
The production tours across Europe and Asia this year, and brings to life the genre of comic books from Japan known as manga. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui,
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When we think of Japanese animation, we normally think of two distinct branches, the gorgeously sumptuous delights of Studio Ghibli, or the more visceral thrills of anime. Both could be technically considered one and the same, but to the broader international audience, I think they would be considered separate.
Both demand appreciation from film fans and both have their following, in Japan and internationally. Barring the obvious differences between styles and general content, you could argue the main point of separation between the two is authorship. While Studio Ghibli is synonymous with Hayao Miyazaki and is often considered one and the same, anime is a much more open and far-ranging proposition.
There are numerous studios, including Madhouse (famous for Ninja Scroll and Trigan), Tms Entertainment (Akira) and Production I.G.
Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with me. Comics just happen to be delightful this week.
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First Issues. You really should have seen this one coming.
Joe The Barbarian #1 (of
(Grant Morrison/Sean Murphy)
It’s a good thing Grant Morrison treats his superhero comics as serious business or the infrequency of his creator-owned stuff would frustrate. The plot to Joe the Barbarian sounds a bit like a kids’ version of Flex Mentallo:
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Monday – First Issues Nola #1
(Chris Gorak/Pierluigi Cothran/Damian Couceiro)
I read Nola last week and it has the potential to be pretty awesome–a pulpy revenge tale set in post-Katrina New Orleans. If it stops being as decompressed as the first issue and really amps up the revenging upon The Man, then I’ll declare it Comic of the Year. Unless I remember other things I loved more.
Tuesday – New Manga Day Oishinbo Volume 6: The Joy Of Rice/Black Jack Volume 8
(Tetsu Kariya/Akira Hanasaki)(Osamu Tezuka)
Cooking manga! Why do you appeal to me so? If
In her lavish new book The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, Helen McCarthy acknowledges that her subject is not exactly well known in the west. The first chapter is titled: "Osamu Who?" The fact that the question needs to be asked is indicative of the enduring bafflement with which we regard Japanese pop culture. And the Japanese are not nearly as insular as
Black Jack, Vol. 1
By Osamu Tezuka
Vertical, September 2008, $18.95
Black Jack is reportedly Tezuka’s most popular series among Japanese adults – kids prefer Astro Boy, as you’d expect – but there’s only been one (quickly aborted) attempt to publish it in the Us before this. And it’s not like Black Jack is a quick little thing: it ran for ten years in Japan, and totals well over two hundred stories of about twenty pages each. But Vertical now is stepping up to the challenge, and
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