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altcomics:

Michael M. Baden & Shawn L. Parcells

altcomics:

Michael M. Baden & Shawn L. Parcells

tomeduarte:

normal day at the squat

tomeduarte:

normal day at the squat

comiccartography:

Map of Workspace
Simon Hanselmann (girlmountain)

comiccartography:

Map of Workspace

Simon Hanselmann (girlmountain)

(Source: girlmountain)


5♫

nibiruisrising:

Why am I still reading this manga?…

Yes, that is an asshole spewing a ping-pong ball.

Lovely selection from my ping-pong partner.


3♫
Here’s a page from Liar Game. The screenshot carries an annoying Manga Storm hack popup.

Here’s a page from Liar Game. The screenshot carries an annoying Manga Storm hack popup.


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Read some of Liar Game last night. This enthralled me when I was at a japanese bookshop some weeks back. Seemed like Ai Yazawa doing Death Note. As I got through the first volume, I realized there were some limits to “conceptual manga”. By this I mean the kind of manga that is driven by an inventive, but cryptical, formula. Like “there are these giants behind the wall, they’re coming back”. If the formula is too compactly designed, it will break; conversely, if there are too many oxygen bubbles inside, the surface will never be slick. So here the very concept of a hyper-gullible protagonist is lacking. She finds a partner that is very much like L from Death Note (design and personality). They go through a few rounds of stealing money because the concept is — you and another person get 100 million yen and are free to steal it from each other; in the end you give back the 100 million and either keep what you stole or go into debt. The formula of being automatically contract-bound doesn’t make much sense and the reward behind each chapter is a bit like Heisenberg’s trickery. I wonder if there’s more to this game, but when it’s too much like a game, I feel constantly duped. Sadly this went right to TV and what I imagine to be an older, more conservative audience. Still, the basic aesthetic was preserved, and Akiyama’s hair is impeccable.


3♫

Some trippy imagery at the end of the Free! Still haven’t watched Eternal Summer in full. I had my own sexual theories for the whole gang but they are consistently contradicted by the doujinshiverse.


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Things at the end become heavier. The scanlation drops to newspaper quality and there are all these elements on the page. Kasuga and Nakamura meet on the beach and seem to make amends. The story tries to punch in that feeling of relatedness; seeing Nakamura all grown up reminds you of all those messed up girls that looked borderline crazy but turned out okay. Her character is repressed through therapeutic pages where people move on. Kasuga finds literature again as the mediator of his own romance, and the whole deck is folded back. Then the last chapter flashes back to an earlier Nakamura with psychiatric curiosity. Drawn in an expressionist style, it explains how most humans appeared to her as shadows, until she saw Kasuga. This pathetic, but artistically interesting way to solve a puzzle (Oshimi based the story on a girl he knew) leads to no particular understanding. So this could either be understood as a superdense version of Chuck Forsman’s TOTFW or a big turn-off for perverts everywhere — those who think finding a fellow pervert could have non-self-destructive/self-erasing consequences.


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The second half of Flowers of Evil takes place sometime in the future. Kasuga has moved on to another town. He’s an introverted teenager attending high-school. He successfully woos a girl who’s writing a novel. They share all their secrets. But he has all this shit in his past.. because he still might be a pervert.

The second half of Flowers of Evil takes place sometime in the future. Kasuga has moved on to another town. He’s an introverted teenager attending high-school. He successfully woos a girl who’s writing a novel. They share all their secrets. But he has all this shit in his past.. because he still might be a pervert.


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At the height of their love as perverts, Nakamura saves Kasuga from his parents’ curfew. They wander off together and later show up at a festival wishing death on all the shit eaters and covering themselves with gasoline.


The feeling of being perverted spreads inversely to other characters. Saeki is enthused and tries to fuck Kasuga, but she is misguided and it is too late.

The feeling of being perverted spreads inversely to other characters. Saeki is enthused and tries to fuck Kasuga, but she is misguided and it is too late.


1♫
The sexual climax of the first half of Flowers of Evil is artistic activity. Kasuga and Nakamura end up producing a lot of outsider works, a language that disgusts Saeki’s girlfriend.

The sexual climax of the first half of Flowers of Evil is artistic activity. Kasuga and Nakamura end up producing a lot of outsider works, a language that disgusts Saeki’s girlfriend.


Because the story takes place in a preteen world, sexual activity is restricted to displacement. The first couple of panels is all about that perverted pose. The second is more informal and naive. Notice the running sneakers.


1♫

So Flowers of Evil. First of all, Kasuga is Nakamura’s bitch after being caught with Saeki’s panties. A lot of crazy dares happen, but Kasuga actually ends up getting closer to Seiko, and then dating her. His façade doesn’t hold up and he goes back to being a pervert for Nakamura. This is when he sets up a “panties tent” for her.


4♫
Flowers of Evil. I’ve been hitting that at the end of a manga month. Panorama Island. Tokyo Babylon. Drifting Classroom.Ayako.Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Ultra-gash Inferno, Lychee Light Club.Black Blizzard. Each time following a strategy. First I was interested in mannerism; I began with Maruo because it was at hand. T. Babylon was at hand too, and it made sense. Drifting Classroom was an acceptance of genre mastery, like Jojo’s. Ayako was at hand — Tezuka drawing his age. You combine the creepy of Umezu and the historical Tezuka and you get Maruo again, and maybe his disciples. BB was also an offshoot of having had a Garo issue in my hand. Flowers of Evil was something I got a longtime ago but hadn’t started reading. When I see the girl dressing the boy in feminine gym clothes, I know I am home.

Flowers of Evil. I’ve been hitting that at the end of a manga month. Panorama Island. Tokyo Babylon. Drifting Classroom.Ayako.Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Ultra-gash Inferno, Lychee Light Club.Black Blizzard. Each time following a strategy. First I was interested in mannerism; I began with Maruo because it was at hand. T. Babylon was at hand too, and it made sense. Drifting Classroom was an acceptance of genre mastery, like Jojo’s. Ayako was at hand — Tezuka drawing his age. You combine the creepy of Umezu and the historical Tezuka and you get Maruo again, and maybe his disciples. BB was also an offshoot of having had a Garo issue in my hand. Flowers of Evil was something I got a longtime ago but hadn’t started reading. When I see the girl dressing the boy in feminine gym clothes, I know I am home.

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