Elementary

February 19, 2007

Another reason to bookmark Kevin Melrose’s Comics, Covered: he does interviews, this time with versatile comics creator Andi Watson. Watson’s “Princess at Midnight” was one of the highlights of The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, and Paris was one of my favorite comics of last year. And because I’ll take any opportunity to praise Paris artist Simon Gane, I’ll pull this quote from Watson:

“I think Simon was hoping to get away from the detail-oriented stuff he’d done before but I kept throwing the full-pagers at him because he does them so well, the research and attention to detail, the way he’ll dress a set, dress the characters and then have them interact, gush, gush, gush. So it’s fulfilling, but in a different way. It’s like Christmas every time I get pages in from someone like Simon. I can’t wait to open up all the files and see what amazing work he’s done.

“It’s also kind of depressing as an artist because you know you’re not as good.”

Watson goes on to note that a collection of Paris is due out from Slave Labor in July, complete with new illustrations from Gane. I don’t usually buy collections of comics I already own, but I’m sorely tempted.


Endocritiquery

February 19, 2007

I’ve really been enjoying Hiroki Endo’s Eden: It’s an Endless World! (Dark Horse), though I don’t think the most recent volume is one of the strongest in the series. It detours from the larger narrative into worthy but very familiar territory. (It seems that prostitution can be a dangerous profession, especially when drug addiction is thrown into the mix.) It’s executed well, and by the end, things seem to be moving back into the story’s larger context, so I can’t complain all that much.

Still, it was nice to have the first volume of Endo’s Tanpenshu (also from Dark Horse) lying around to provide some examples of the creator at his best. It also provided fodder for half of this week’s Flipped. The other half is spent in probably pointless meditation on the ICv2 Guide #39 which, it must be noted, is created for comics retailers and not nerdy pseudo-pundits with laminated membership cards in Team Manga.

Anyway, back to Tanpenshu. I’m not the only one contemplating its many wonders. Greg McElhatton at Read About Comics and Dave Ferraro at Comics-and-More have reviewed it as well.