• Hey, Brian Chippendale is blogging again! And this time, he’s talking about manga-ka Taiyo Matsumoto! Does it get much more awesome than that?
Number 5 is a strange work that reflects both Tekkonkinkreet and GoGo Monster. A schizophrenic collision of vicious playfulness and loose introspective beauty. At some point in each of his stories Matsumoto begins to pull you through a series of seemingly unrelated hoops, usually at an intense climatic moment when the characters are at a psychological breaking point. What slightly deviates in Number 5 is that the narrative hardly ever relaxes into a rhythm of storytelling for long. The entire book is a challenging ride that you have to hold onto constantly to not get thrown off track. But there are many pages of easy flowing action.
• Derik Badman and Thought Balloonist Craig Fischer engage in a great, lengthy discussion on the recent Abstract Comics anthology. Fellow TBer Charles Hatfield offers his own thoughts on the book here.
• Jog reviews two recent maga: Biomega and All My Darling Daughters. It’s worth checking out just to read his synopsis of the former.
• For the past week, David Welsh has been taking an in-depth look at one of the great uncompleted (at least in the US) manga, Sexy Voice and Robo, and has been asking friends and fellow bloggers to offer their own thoughts on the book in something he calls the “Manga Moveable Feast.” Rather than single any particular essay out I’d say just head to David’s site and start scrolling down.
• Sandy Bilus recommends the latest Best American Comics collection.
• Noah Berlatsky keeps on biting the hand that feeds him.
• David Ferraro calls The Troublemakers “good pulpy fun.”
• Johanna Draper Carlson continues to find 20th Century Boys to be worth her time.
• Finally, if you happen to speak French, the magazine 9eme Art has updated and expanded their Web site.